Letters for Sunday, December 10, 2017

Drivers have many troubles

In response to Mr. Arruda’s motor vehicle driving/traffic concerns, (TGI, Dec. 17.).

Good luck on your crusade to get motorists to follow traffic signs. Can’t get these same motorists to utilize their turn signals, negotiate a merge or simply turn on their headlights when it’s dark.

And you want them to adhere to traffic signs?

Are you familiar with the phrase, “When pigs fly?”

Ka‘aona Kipuka, Lawai

Appreciate state’s efforts

Thank you to the state DLNR for the completion of Menehune Road, Waimea Valley, Rockfall Mitigation Project.

From January to July, the State Department of Land and Natural Resources performed and completed amazing work on treeremoval, slope stabilization and drapery system application on the cliff side of the road into Waimea Valley. This importantundertaking to prevent rockfall tragedies to pedestrians, residents and motorists was badly needed, as boulders occasionallyfell onto the road. A concrete barrier wall was placed along the easement of the road as a temporary safety measure.

A huge thank you goes to the Gov. Ige, legislators for the financial appropriations, to the project managers, surveyors,engineers, contractors, skilled helicopter pilot and brave workers who scaled the cliff to remove trees and securely anchoredthe drapery to metal posts.

The entire project was skillfully coordinated and efficiently organized. Detour signs were placed at the beginning of the workday, and machinery and equipment were put away at a designated area at the end of the work day, making it easy formotorists and residents to traverse on Menehune Road.

More rockfall mitigation is needed, however, that is more challenging and costly, further into the valley. Menehune Road leadsto the Menehune Ditch, the Swinging Bridge, taro and agricultural farms, temples and about a hundred homes. MenehuneRoad is also used by some hikers to ascend or descend to and from the Kukui Trail, Kokee.

We greatly appreciate the skillful ability, planning and expert workmanship of the state of Hawaii DLNR in their effort to keepthe public safe. You have renewed our faith and confidence in government by showing us what can be accomplished.

Sarah Date, Waimea

  1. Concerned driver December 20, 2017 8:14 am Reply

    Driving on Kauai’s highway is so dangerous, especially at night in the rain. When the moon is out, at least you have a bit more visibility. Yes moon light, whats wrong with that statement? That means that we need more REFLECTORS on both SIDES and down the MIDDLE. Please tell us how we can accomplish this. We despertly need REFLECTORS on the entire highways from beginning to ends of 56 and 50. This is crucial to our safety, please give us a chance to save precious lives in horrible accidents.

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