Da Shadow: Camping generators, road repairs

Editor’s note: Old-timers might still remember the introduction from “The Shadow” radio program: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” Jerome Freitas, a retired state Department of Transportation worker who is now better known as Da Shadow, since 2004 has been meeting with government representatives about problems he has discovered or that have been reported to him, and reporting the county’s responses.

Islandwide

Why is the use of generators while camping at county parks not allowed?

It has been a longstanding policy to prohibit the use of generators for overnight camping at county parks to mitigate noise disturbance to fellow campers and park users.

Lihue

When are Kipu Road and Hulemalu Road scheduled to be repaired or repaved?

These roads are not currently scheduled for repaving, but if there are areas of concern, please contact the county Department of Public Works Roads Division at 241-4847 and staff will investigate and respond accordingly.

Poinciana Street and Jerves Street safety mats: In January 2017, you responded that CastinTact material was being ordered to replace the yellow safety mats and that procurement would occur in January 2017, with installation to follow. Installation has still not been completed. When is this work scheduled to be completed?

The old safety mats were removed because they were a safety hazard. The Roads Division is proceeding with installation of CastinTact safety pads at this location, which is expected to be complete by the end of December.

Rice Street: Will there be a separate bicycle lane after the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant modifications are made?

The design of Rice Street, as part of the TIGER grant project, varies block by block.

In some areas there will be dedicated bike lanes, but in areas where there is on-street parking bicycles will share the travel lane with motorists.

The county Planning Department will be demonstrating the redesign of Rice Street at the upcoming Rice Street Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Rice Street, between Kalena Street and Rice Shopping Center.

This is a free, family-friendly event that is being coordinated by the Rice Street business community, in partnership with the county and other community sponsors.

The event will include live entertainment, food, a keiki zone and more. Event parking will be at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.

We encourage all members of the public to attend and learn more about the redesign and rebranding of Rice Street.

For more information, visit ricestreetkauai.com.

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Jerome Freitas can be reached at theshadow96751@gmail.com or 635-3528. Visit his website at http://theshadow96746.tripod.com.

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