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Da Shadow: Road, sidewalk 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.


There is a crack in the asphalt along Makaio Road from Kukuihale Road to Ehukai Road. Can this be repaired? If so, what is the timetable for this repair to occur?

The section of road in question will be repaired as part of our 2017 islandwide road resurfacing contract. It is scheduled to be repaired between now and Oct. 21, weather permitting.


Please look into installing a “Dead end” or “No outlet” sign at the entry of Waa Road.

A “Dead end” sign has already been placed at the entrance to Waa Road. Based on a request from the public, the Engineering Division sent a work order to the Roads Division in November 2015, and the sign was installed on Nov. 23, 2015. The sign is not a traditional diamond shaped “Dead end” sign due to utility conflicts located in the area where the sign would need to be installed. Instead, the “Dead end” sign is a rectangular sign with an arrow, placed above the street name sign. This version of the sign is an optional sign at “T” intersections where traffic cannot proceed straight through the intersection into the dead-end street.

Along Rice Street, the sidewalk fronting (the former) The Salvation Army Thrift Store is cracked and in need of repair.

The Department of Public Works investigated the sidewalk and found that tree roots have lifted a section of the sidewalk near the curb. The department has processed a work order and will have that repaired by the end of November.

What is the status of the administration’s efforts to replace safety mats at Jerves and Poinciana streets with CastinTact?

The Department of Public Works removed the existing safety mats so that they will no longer be a hazard. Based upon the department’s verification with the Disability and Communication Access Board, these safety mats are not legally required at this location. The Roads Division will schedule to install the CastinTact safety pad by the end of December.


At Kealia Beach, is it feasible to add additional picnic tables next to the small pavilions to accommodate overflow for larger groups that use these facilities?

The Department of Parks and Recreation will assess the area and provide additional picnic tables if appropriate.


Jerome Freitas can be reached at or 635-3528. Visit his website at


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