Letter for Monday, November 12, 2018

Roads are a disgrace, and not just the traffic

Traffic congestion on Kauai is not the only problem.

The weeds, bushes and grass poses safety concerns. The things mentioned are overgrown and hides the guardrails along the highways (Kaumualii and Kuhio) and narrow roads.

On Halewili Road just east of Kauai Coffee Visitor Center there is a blind curve and a little guardrail (that is hidden) by tall overgrown weed, grass and bush. The bush, weeds and grass are almost into the westbound lane. Drivers traveling west who want to avoid getting their vehicles scratched cross the center lane to avoid the overgrowth.

Another area of road is Route 552, Kokee Road, after the first curve from the monkey pod trees up to the first mango tree. There are boulders, rocks and debris along side of the road. That poses an accident waiting to happen.

There are cyclists who travel up that road along with tourist vehicles, buses, county and state trucks, and semis. When the cyclist is approached by what’s mentioned they have to use the cement waterway to stay away from vehicles, etc. The waterway is filled with debris, rocks and boulders which make it unsafe.

Kokee Road/Route 552 need to be scraped and rid of debris, boulders and rocks.

I don’t travel to the north side of the island much. From what I’ve heard that it’s not much different.

It’s embarrassing when visitors who come regularly to Kauai writes in the TGI of the same observations.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

  1. RG DeSoto November 12, 2018 7:28 am Reply

    Yes Howard, all this and some of the highest taxes in the country.
    Of course the problem is that the politicians’ pandering and welfare mentality has led to wasteful state/county expenditures on fruitless social programs and fancy buildings. And, all the while, a gross neglect of the fundamental responsibility to maintain and improve the infrastructure. The powers that be have known for years that the population of the island will continue to grow…despite this they have not done anything to expand or improve the roads, highways and bridges. So we have ended up with poor roads and incredible traffic.
    It’s an utter disgrace, but so predictable when everything becomes politicized.
    RG DeSoto

    1. Pete Antonson November 12, 2018 1:44 pm Reply

      Yeah but, “fruitless social programs” and “welfare mentality” isn’t politicizing; right? You just be “talking story;” right?

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