Lihue ready for revamped look
LIHUE — For many, Lihue is the heart of Kauai, and the Rice Street revitalization project is something to be excited about.
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The County keeps referring to this project like its free money. Its not. It is the same 80/20 split that is given for any Federal supported road project. We should be spending our County share ($3M) to fix our poor condition roads instead of a shared path between the County Building and the Convention Center, or sidewalks on Hoolako, or bike lanes on Rice Street or through Molokoa. Think about it when you drive on Maluhia, Koloa, Olohena, Kawaihau, Kaapuni and other roads.
Not a single mention of the MAIN PROBLEM- they’re removing a traffic lane in each direction on Rice St!!!! Instead we’re getting a bike lane! And our “leaders” call this progress. The only 4 lane roads in Lihue are rice st and Kuhio Highway and our traffic-especially in Lihue- is terrible. I (and several thousand other people) use Rice st to get to work every morning. As it is the traffic is bad and removal of 2 lanes will cause our overburdened little island to grind to a stop. Idiots think this is a good idea. How many aunties you see riding bikes eh? The existing bike lanes by the mall are EMPTY!!! You guys have confused Lihue with San Francisco again! We ain’t them and their electric buses and commuter bikes won’t work here and after all that money is wasted you’ll be wondering why no one ever started walking around Lihue. Because there’s NOTHING THERE!!
True. Removing a lane will cause even more craziness. Common its about to be 2019 the population is growing. They keep building things and not building ROADS. Open your eyes!
And usually I don’t add a follow up comment- but this is just so ridiculous on so many levels that it deserves more. First question- if you make Rice st a pedestrian area- where do people park? There’s not enough parking already! And this plan removes existing parking! Someone thinks that Lihue, which has less than 10% of the population, has enough people who want to ride their bike to Walmart or a coffee shop to warrant removing vital traffic lanes? Both this plan and the plan about 6 years ago to further expand bus services have the same flawed logic: that somehow by adding something new that you’ll change people’s behavior. Joanne convinced us we needed more buses because that would add more riders- but in fact ridership went up only 5% despite adding 25% more buses. So they’re more empty now! Same logic behind this debacle. If there’s no demand to start with, making it better/easier doesn’t change anything! How will adding bike lanes in Lihue benefit someone from Waimea? Or someone from Hanalei? Are they gonna drive to town with their bikes and ride around? Are the new flower boxes going to make them want to “sell their gold”? Rice street can’t even support the few businesses that are there! Sure the brewery is cool, but the street is mainly abandoned car dealerships, law offices, county buildings, and a run down strip mall. None of that is about to change. So it becomes the literal definition of backwards thinking- that something we don’t want will change because you made something new. What we need is ROADS so we don’t waste our precious lives stuck in traffic on a RURAL island! Traffic on a rural island- can anything be more ridiculous??
Is it a big project? Phase 1, 2? No big deal to me.