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November 9, 2017

Think About It: Paving The Way

You know those days when you're on the road, either crawling at a snail's pace or running over some horrible pothole or protruding metal plate that makes repair shops shiver with glee? Well, there actually is something you can do to alleviate at least some of your angst and anger. Go home and check out this website- www.hidot.hawaii.gov/highways. On this site, every City and County of Honolulu road project that is in progress or will be coming up in the next year or so is listed. It even tells you the supposed completion date and the project cost.

The Department of Transportation is now listing more information than ever before, including safety information, in the spirit of being more transparent to the public, which is great. The real goal (of course) will be to get these projects done correctly and by the expected completion date for the price listed. And here's what's even better about this new and improved data site- it will be updated monthly.

Not all of the frustration is solved, however. If you're like me and wondering, for example, why some heavy equipment and a heap of asphalt has been sitting in the middle of Kamehameha Highway between Kailua and Kaneohe near Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary and the H-3 entrance and exit, with its flashing barriers, re-drawn lanes and traffic cones up for three months now and no apparent progress, theoretically this website will help.  And while I see plenty of windward road projects listed on the site, I can't figure out which one this decompsing material is going to for. It's kinda like "Where's Waldo?" At least now you can look at what's coming up or going on along your normal driving routes, so kudos to the City for being more informative more often. Informative and transparent- could this be a revolutionary governmental trend? Think about it…

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