Letters for Wednesday, January 15, 2020

High time to replace bridge

It is high time for the county and state to replace the Kalihiwai Bridge that was destroyed in the 1957 tsunami. In the past two years, we’ve seen multiple episodes of road closures on the North Shore due to erosion caused by excessive rainfall.

The prospect of having no way to access Princeville and areas north should alarm everyone. The second bridge could be for emergency use only and guarded by a gate until it was needed.

Let’s not wait until we have to rush to do something.

Cheryle Kelley, Princeville

Rice Street changes causing traffic problems

I am very curious to find out who came up with the plan of Lihue’s Rice street conversion from two lanes down to one lane each direction and now walkways and parking in the second lane and in both directions?

Could they have done the job better by at least leaving 40 yards before the lighted intersections untouched and two lanes? Now at all of the traffic lights, any car that makes a left turn will be holding up traffic for the rest who want to continue down Rice street. I have seen the back up, been in it and it’s frustrating.

Will they spend all this money and time to only have to use more money and time to fix this problem?

Eric Senkus, Kalaheo

6 Comments
  1. Gooding January 15, 2020 9:20 am Reply

    The Rice Street conversion is just a big waste of money and time, and we can thank our County Council, Mayor and Planning Department. I guess our fabulous county didn’t hear of the saying “IF IT AIN’T BROKE, THEN DON’T FIX IT.”


    1. manongindashadow0711 January 15, 2020 3:31 pm Reply

      Yeah, “I’ve seen our previous mayor(Mayor Carvalho) using the Rice Street walk about.” (not!) It seems like he disappeared off the face of Kauai.


  2. manongindashadow0711 January 15, 2020 12:28 pm Reply

    Yeah, if all goes well on Rice Street. They might do the same where Kaumualii Highway and Kuhio Highway meet. And all of Kuhio Highway stretch to Wilcox Hospital the same way as Rice Street.


  3. manongindashadow0711 January 15, 2020 3:32 pm Reply

    Yeah, “I’ve seen our previous mayor(Mayor Carvalho) using the Rice Street walk about.” (not!) It seems like he disappeared off the face of Kauai.


  4. notahippi January 15, 2020 4:35 pm Reply

    Of all the improvements that could have been used for our roads . The county decides to use our tax dollars to block town traffic!


    1. Jake January 18, 2020 8:10 am Reply

      It is high time some work is done at the Hanapepe Bridge.

      Good God, all I see are vehicles moving back and forth and “workers” standing around. Ten years to build a bridge across a creek??


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