Last but not least Glenn would really like to see Kaua'i give the county manager style of Government a chance.
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We hear over and over how well prepared Kauai is in case of a Tsunami, Hurricane or any other natural disaster.
With all due respect to Civil Defense and the people who run it, I beg to differ with this assumption.
We basically have one highway that runs around our island and when there is a disruption in this road--traffic accident, fires that cause smoke across the road, or a washout like the Koloko Dam break caused a few years ago, transpiration stops.
Even without a disaster, traffic on our roads gets worse and worse and with more population, more vehicles AND more signals the problem can only be exacerbated.
About 14 years ago, thanks to Senator Lehua Fernandes Salling and director of Transportation Steve Kyono the Kapa'a By-pass road was built. Since it was an existing cane haul road no EA or EIS was necessary and it was started and finished in 8 months and it has been a success!
We have these same cane haul roads all over our island that were thoughtfully put there to allow the sugar cane trucks to operate without slowing down for signals or other vehicles on our main highway. This idea and action was truly one of pro activity and is badly needed on our island today. check out the cane Roads on Kauai below-
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Thus my point is that before we are "prepared" for any type of disaster we desperately need to make use of these cane haul roads. And not only for disaster preparedness but to address the traffic problems that we have been ignoring for way too long.
This ignored problem may not be a Civil Defense issue only but for the safety and welfare of our citizens it should certainly be at the top of their and the administrations and councils list.
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