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September 17, 2012

Think About It: Road To Woe

The headline of last Friday's newspaper said "Rail construction might be sidelined until spring". Of course, that headline didn't tell us spring of what year. "Sidelined" is often a term used for injured athletes. And we know sometimes athletes are hard-headed and try to come back from injury before they are ready. Let's hope that the players involved in this rail tug-of-war make sure that when they come back, all of the "I"s are dotted and all of the "T"-bars are crossed.

If rail construction does resume in April or so, as we are hearing, that will add about $90-million to the price of the project, according to some projections about delay costs. With the half-year or so delays, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation believes the first section of the rail line will begin operation in 2017, with project completion planned for 2019. That's a long time from 2007 and the initial optimism for a fast track for this elevated track.

Maybe by then some of the main thoroughfares in Honolulu will be repaired, as it is now a regular joke traversing School Street, Kapiolani Boulevard, Nimitz Highway, Ala Moana Boulevard and other main arteries in town. Orange signs say "Rough Road". Maybe they should say "Prepare for a new wheel alignment and shock absorber replacement".  Kapiolani and Ala Moana have had more facelifts recently than the entire Hollywood community, and the roads still stink. We've heard the expression "rows to hoe"; well, we've got too many "roads to whoa". Think about it…


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