Letters — Roundabout for Pahoa – Thanks a lot for nothing!

Oh great, the first day DOT is starting to work on the roundabout, and now traffic is backed up from Ainaloa just trying to get into Pahoa. Can’t imagine how we are going to survive this. Puna should have had an alternate route since at least 1998, and the Planning Department and DOT has been discriminating against us for too long now. If we had an alternate route, half the people could be taking that instead of waiting and waiting and waiting for our 4 lanes of traffic to be crammed through a single-lane roundabout. Who is in charge here? Can you make any bigger mess? Oh, right, Puna residents have tons of free time to wait in traffic… we’re all just hippies and don’t matter to the folks in Hilo or Oahu.

You better hope there are no accidents on the Pahoa side as emergency services can’t get through!

Sara Steiner

6 replies
  1. John
    John says:

    I’m happy that Puna has taken over from Kona as the whiniest part of the island – whine if the roads aren’t improved, whine when they are. The reason prices are low is the lack of services – did someone deceive you about that before you moved there?

  2. Sara Steiner
    Sara Steiner says:

    Puna has more people living here than the County wants to admit to the state, therefore we need more road infrastructure, not cramming the 4 lanes we have now at Malama intersection into a 1 lane roundabout. The state just doesn’t want to spend money here, they’ve been skimming Puna road money for years. All they really had to do was put an extra lane on each side, and a stop light. We were supposed to get a 2 lane roundabout Instead they are gonna give us a one-lane because they said they don’t know if it will work. Howz that?

  3. John
    John says:

    Well, whining worked for Kona – civic center, new roads. Politicians respond only to numbers, as in voters. When politicians are worried about how Puna will vote, the money will flow.

  4. James Weatherford
    James Weatherford says:

    To accommodate large trucks, a roundabout has an ‘apron’ around the middle and adjacent to the travel lane. The apron is sloped. This allows the trucks left tires to ride up on the apron as the truck passes through.

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