Think About It: APEC-ing Order - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News, Weather and Sports

October 20, 2011

Think About It: APEC-ing Order

While we can't seem to get the gravel handled on the "runaway truck ramp" on the Pali, and while the lights on some major thoroughfares are still not working, we are getting some nifty coconut trees and palm trees planted along Nimitz Highway in preparation for the upcoming APEC conference. It's hard to understand why barriers, gravel, and backhoes sit by idly day after day alongside the Kailua-bound lane of the Pali. While the Kokua Line in the Star-Advertiser stated the reason as being the shortage of coarse gravel, you have to wonder- how hard is it to get coarse gravel? The Pali truck ramp project is in its third month, and work is finally planned to be completed by month's end. Two to three months for gravel...

What if the sense of urgency and the diligence that is going into the last minute APEC infra-structure and beautification projects was shown more often for municipal projects? Perhaps things just wouldn't take so long to get completed. Like the times light have been out inside the Pali or Wilson Tunnels, and the official word was that we were waiting for a transformer… for four months; or like the lighting repairs along the highway out in Makakilo which seem to take months. Cutbacks in personnel, normal and accepted bureaucracy, lagging paperwork, the stories are familiar by now.

But maybe one lesson we can learn from this surge of last-minute infra-structure activity on the streets and at the airport for APEC is that projects really can be done in short order and with some sense of meeting stated deadlines if people put their minds to it. Getting these types of jobs done efficiently, correctly, and relatively quickly should be an on-going goal, not one borne out of APEC desperation, and then dropped. Think about it…

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