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September 17, 2015

Think About It: Pali-Morphic

Windward side residents on Oahu have watched for years as counterparts in Hawaii Kai and leeward Oahu have dealt with inordinate road construction projects, repairs, upgrades, sewer line installs, rail pylon poundings, et al. Well, soon it will be the windward side's turn to suffer as, according to the Star-Advertiser's Kokua Line, work is slated to begin on resurfacing Likelike Highway in early 2016 and that project will last a year, while work on the starting-to-crumble-again Pali Highway is not slated to begin for another 20-months- that's April, 2017- and repaving should be completed by the end of the year 2020!

Some work cannot take place at night time due to residences nearby, and some work won't be done during the day due to the daily traffic congestion issues weekdays on the Pali Highway, but the thought that this stretch of work will take almost four years to resurface the road from Dillingham Boulevard through the Pali Tunnels to Kamehameha Highway is startling. That means it will take over four years to resurface a nine-mile stretch, or about two-tenths of a mile will be upgraded monthly. That's 352-yards per month, or about 12-yards repaired per day.

So for those of you planning your daily commute from the windward side, you've got 20-months before this slow slog begins. And if the rains keep up through this winter, who knows what shape the Pali Highway will be in by spring of 2016, since the piecemeal repairs done a while back are starting to break down. Ah, progress, or something like that. I know the wheels of justice move slowly, but I didn't know that road pavers move slower than glacial icecaps melt. Think about it…

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