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Letters for Sunday, July, 4, 2021

Is going to Tier 5 a good idea?

Friday’s Garden Island had a headline indicating that the DOH is worried about the increase in cases. In the same article, it was noted that the County would go to Tier 5 on July 8.

Today TGI reported 10 new cases.

I am extremely concerned about the increase in cases. Despite being fully vaccinated, I know I can still catch COVID — and I am a kupuna as is my husband, who also has several comorbidities.

I have supported Mayor Kawakami’s decisions until now. In light of the sharp increase in cases, I think it is irresponsible to move to the next tier.

Donna Gould Carsten, Kapaa

Contra flow hours need to change

By default we have created an entire summer season (2021) of visitors who will swear never to return to the “Traffic Isle”!!!

The State had a year and a half of very little traffic to expand the highway fronting Coco Plams. But no, the construction started as we were opening up again. Zero flexibility or foresight.

This morning, without thinking, I was heading North, from Lihue, and got stopped on the Hanamalulu bridge in stop and go traffic this was at about 11 a.m. The new contra hours need to end at 10:30 not 11:30 !!

I have only lived on Kauai for 36 years, but the changes I have witnessed are profound, and not too many are positive.

Dale Winters, Kapaa

An accident waiting to happen

The intersection of Kaumualii Hwy and Maluhia Rd is extraordinarily dangerous, if one wants to turn left onto Kaumualii Hwy, ie go to the Westside. There is no access lane (as there is for the east bound traffic) and the speed limit through the intersection on Kaumualii Hwy is 50 mph.

One must be very patient and wait for an opening in both the east and west bound traffic in order to safely and successfully negotiate the left turn. Ideally, there should be an access lane for traffic turning left (going west) onto Kaumualii Hwy, but it’s unlikely that an access lane will be constructed. The next best solution might be to slow down the traffic in this intersection, by lowering the speed limit to 35 mph, giving the left turning vehicles a safe chance to successfully complete their turn.

Does anyone else out there have any ideas?

Michael Diamant, Koloa
Source: The Garden Island

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