Waimea needs more crosswalks, lower speed limit
Aloha Mr. Tolbe. You and your many letters are from Eleele and not Waimea. Have you researched WHY there are so many crosswalks in town?
As you said, we are a walking town on both sides of the street, from banks close to the bridge to restaurants and smoothies at the end of town.
Have you ever tried to cross the bridge in the morning at sunrise just when the sun is blinding? Have you ever tried to come through town in the blinding sun at sundown?
Ask Jill Fayé. She said she nearly hit someone because of the blinding sun before crosswalks were installed.
So, I would be willing to even add more crosswalks if it would save a life. Our high school is also in the middle of town and the middle school is just further down. Between 2:00-3:00 there are many kids as well as shift worker getting off so town is VERY busy with walkers.
Now to another issue that is related. Trucks and cars come off the bridge into town well over the 35 mph posted speed limit — into a crosswalk. Town speed limit is 25 mph so I would like to have the limit changed to 25 mph BEFORE they get to the bridge — east and west .
I have tried to address this issue with the county and state, to no avail. Maybe Mr. Tolbe has created the perfect foil to get this accomplished.
Mary Hayes, Proud resident of Waimea town