Dear Russell, Gregor, Joy, Daniel, Billy, Gov. Ige (DOT and Editors),
I am sorry to be a big pain in the ass, but I think you as our elected officials are making a big mistake by not actively trying to stop this or at least force the original 2-lane design (without crosswalks of any type) so we are increasing the size of our one road in and out of Pahoa and not adding pedestrians to the mix.
As our elected representatives of the residents who will be impacted by the Roundabout, I am asking you to please truly look at the DOT plans and not let politics get in the way of safety. Mr. Sniffin told community members at that last meeting they are installing the one-lane roundabout first, they are not allowed to install the 2-lane, because they don’t know if it [roundabout] will work.
There should be no experimentation done with our only road. We as a community already have been squeezed for years and we have the potential for live lava flowing in the area at any time. We finally get a crosswalk – and it is in the middle of our roundabout??? The crosswalks needs to be by Hawaiian Beaches and Post Office Road. We need to be able to get in and out of Pahoa without waiting for pedestrians needing to cross the street and 3 inputs of traffic merging in circles.
What happens when there is an accident and rescue personnel are trapped inside Pahoa with an ambulance needing to get to Hilo hospital? We can’t wait for 2 hours for someone to unlock the gate in Nanawale. You are all being notified again that this is an wasteful and unsafe plan to build some roundabout speculating that it might work. This should be unacceptable to you.
Thank you for your concern for the people of Pahoa and not shmoozing with fancy shirts on this.