Carmaggedon

June 10th, 2014
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We all know about it, heard about it and probably have had to go through at least one extended drive time by now with all the freeway rehab projects calling for near or full lane closures causing Excedrin kine headaches and curse filled rants while inching along past a sign dat reads 55mph speed limit.

So wat?

I no can believe da nerve of some people bitchin' and moanin' about having to drive in longah than usual traffic and wondering why gotta close choke lanes.

Wassup Wit Dat!

How's about letting da crew do their jobs safely and more efficiently? How's about da "benefits" drivahs are to reap in da end? How's about showing some aloha for wat's to come? EVERYBODY has bitched about da road conditions on our freeways for decades - city roads is a whole 'noddah monster - and FINALLY something is being done instead of patchwork - so we've been told.

We're about to get "new" roads so wat's da problem? It ain't happening in a blink of an eye and it definitely ain't happening during da day time so why gotta complain? Now if wen da projects pau and there isn't a noticeable difference, then let's bitch but till then, give it a chance. I've sat through da traffic and it isn't pretty but you just have to suck it up as da construction crew is ahead of schedule even with all da off and on rain we've had.

One thing dat does make me scratch my head and curse along with da oddahs though is da City department in charge of da traffic lights. Why no can coordinate or "flip da switch" to green or hold it longah to make da flow move? Why gotta keep it on a timer? Isn't there a "room" like in da movies with uku-million tv's and da ability to change lights? Dat can't just be a movie thing right?

Especially in times like these - or major accidents - wen drivahs have to take alternate routes how come no can help things along? Das wat makes me say....

Wassup Wit Dat!

I certainly hope da "improvements" are drastically worth it - instead of just a marginal improvement - oddahwise you going get half da island up in arms with more than da one-fingah salute.

And they ain't saying our roads are numbah 1. :shock:



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13 Responses to “Carmaggedon”

  1. Ocean Lover:

    Hey BL, how you like the NARROW LANES going ewa from the Punahou on-ramp to the Likelike off-ramp? When a bus or big okole truck comes next to me I get small kine rash pop up as I can roll my window down and touch da buggahs.


  2. Ro:

    yeah I feel your pain ... we had our own "carmageddon" here in L.A. this past year and it still continues all over. Last month my daughter had to go down to visit her aunty... and on the way home she got detoured off the damn freeway TWICE. It was late night too (11pm and after) and for a trip that normally takes around 2 hours or so one way, it took her until 3:30 AM before she got home. Her dad drives 45 mins to and from work every day - he works the night shift - and that night (with a couple of detours on HIS route as well) even HE got home BEFORE she did! we were frantic with worry. So... good luck with all that road work and traffic and delays and detours there on Oahu - and here's hoping your highways look a lot better after its all done. Aloha!


  3. Kage:

    Some people will always look for something to complain about. I often think that their lives must be kinda sad.


  4. 9th Island Girl:

    Oh man, I can relate to OL with those narrow lanes! I do the scrunching myself up when I'm next to those big trucks, even though that doesn't do anything to the width of my car!


  5. kamaaina808:

    I agree with closing the roads & lowering the speed limit to keep our workers safe. But I don't get why State & City can't coordinate their projects so people actually have a decent detour instead of jan ken po & hope for the best. :-P


  6. SUrfdad:

    They close the west bound lanes at 7pm, you obviously are not trying to get home at this time. This is TOO early, there are a lot of people still trying to get to get home so the freeway gets pretty backed up. At times they also close lanes on Kam Hwy giving drivers no alternate route.

    I am all for improving and fixing our terrible roads but 7pm is way too early. Would starting at 8pm make the project take longer, yes but when does our state seem to care about how long something takes to complete.


  7. cojef:

    My sympathizes are for all of you road warriors who commute daily. Did my share of driving in excess of 25 miles each way from Seal Beach to downtown LA for over 10 years. Fortunately mostly on the newer freeways. Also, with flex-time was able to commute in the early morning and afternoon hours before the cRush and cRunch hours began. Been retired 24 years and still drive daily in the suburbs, Orange County.


  8. Braddah Lance:

    Ocean Lover:
    Hey BL, how you like the NARROW LANES going ewa from the Punahou on-ramp to the Likelike off-ramp? When a bus or big okole truck comes next to me I get small kine rash pop up as I can roll my window down and touch da buggahs.

    Ha ha ha. It is pretty tight down there. I still believe there should be an ordinance requiring commercial trucks and buses to be in the right lane. :roll:
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    Ro:
    yeah I feel your pain ... we had our own "carmageddon" here in L.A. this past year and it still continues all over.

    Not to mention traffic there is just as worse as hea.

    So... good luck with all that road work and traffic and delays and detours there on Oahu - and here's hoping your highways look a lot better after its all done. Aloha!

    Our infrastructure no can handle da detours but I still think da traffic lights should be manually controlled at those times. It doesn't "look" bettah right now and da parts dat they did fix are still a little bumpy. I wondah how come sometimes it smooth like one baby's okole and sometimes it's worse than da original?
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    Kage:
    Some people will always look for something to complain about. I often think that their lives must be kinda sad.

    :grin:
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    9th Island Girl:
    I do the scrunching myself up when I'm next to those big trucks, even though that doesn't do anything to the width of my car!

    You would tink dat da lanes would look more wide with our slant eyes. :lol:
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    kamaaina808:
    But I don't get why State & City can't coordinate their projects so people actually have a decent detour instead of jan ken po & hope for the best. :-P

    You just said da reason why........ State & City. :razz:
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    SUrfdad:
    They close the west bound lanes at 7pm, you obviously are not trying to get home at this time.

    Au contraire, mon frère, I'm on freeway at about 7:30pm EVERY NIGHT. Granted I'm not heading all da way west, I do catch it. I also actually catch it TWICE: at pau hana and da tail end of pau hana.

    Da pau hana crush wasn't pretty wen they closed Kamehameha Hwy for 24hrs for two weeks to "fix and expand" a curb by Sam's which looks EXACTLY da same with no width change to da naked eye. Try sitting in dat inching along from Aloha Stadium to da lights dat aren't coordinated enough with a 200+ degree engine cooking your olo's in a full kevlar jacket, helmet and pants while da sun beats down on you.

    This is TOO early, there are a lot of people still trying to get to get home so the freeway gets pretty backed up.

    It would have been nice to have them start at 8pm no doubt but then you going get da guys who work at 8pm say why not 9pm? No can win. I believe their logic was dat da "majority" of people would have been well on their way by then. Plus it didn't help dat it was graduation time but now it's been a little easier.

    At times they also close lanes on Kam Hwy giving drivers no alternate route.

    See, now dat kine stuff no can understand. They tell us take alternate route but they going still limit da use of da alternate route? WWD! So wat then? Gotta take alternate route to da alternate route? Wea da Supah Ferry?
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    cojef:
    My sympathizes are for all of you road warriors who commute daily.

    Wanna by my chauffeur?


  9. Ynaku:

    Yeah gotta suck it up. I was there 2 weeks ago and had to adjust for traffic.

    Here in Hilo, the MAIN DRAG is being redone. From 4 lanes down to 2. Right now they dug up the makai side putting in new drainage cause no can handle. The rain water trying to go out and the ocean trying to come in. Plus the road crown is outrageous.

    Yep gotta deal with all the big rigs trying to get on to the highway. Squeeze butt.

    Like you say, suffer now, but in the end going be a whole lot better.


  10. Lowtone123:

    Da ting is dat the peepo who gripe about the condition of the roads is da same peepo who are griping about getting stuck in traffic. Wot dey tink you just gotta blink and da roads all fix? Some peepo das all dey do is complain.


  11. kamaaina808:

    BL said: You just said da reason why........ State & City. :-P

    Yeah... I know. :-( Sad, isn't' it?


  12. sally:

    While it is true that we are all annoyed at the inconvenience, we need to remember that these are real people working their jobs to get this project done. Your friends. Your neighbors. Your ohana.

    My friend's brother was hit while working. PLEASE, drive with Aloha!


  13. M:

    Howzit BL!
    Almost pau! Just littah bit moa den pau. Just stuck it up. But about 10 years from now or less going be just like befo ,going get on jam up wit traffic cause going get moa cars on da road. Unless they limit how much kars a family can own or someting.
    In Japan, you no can buy one kar unless you can prove to da government dat you get one parking fo your kar on your property not on da street. They come to your property to check too.