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Salt Lake residents distressed over dangerous dip in the road

Pualani Cohen Pualani Cohen
Barbara Troegner Barbara Troegner
"I would say the suspension feel like it's going to give up" said this driver "I would say the suspension feel like it's going to give up" said this driver

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A drive down a Salt Lake road is giving people the shakes, literally, shaking them and their vehicles so violently they are getting organized. The y are mounting a campaign to fix the hazard.

Salt Lake residents and neighborhood board members are just in the initial stages of trying to fix this dangerous dip on Bougainville Road.

"It's very dangerous. You see the cars flying down there and all of a sudden they kind of fly. I hit it so hard with the front end of my car and I'm not doing any more than 25 or 30 coming down that road. It is very bad" said Pualani Cohen.

The dip in the road is located right in front of Navy Hale Keiki School. For Salt Lake and Foster Village residents, it is a well-known problem. Now, the neighborhood board is getting involved.

"It's getting noticed. People are upset, people are concerned. What if a city bus or a school bus or a car and it just drops? What would happen? It's a safety issue" said Neighborhood Board Member, Barbara Troegner.

At Thursday night's board meeting, members planned their campaign to get the dip fixed. The first step includes figuring out who maintains the road.

Drivers say it's has gotten worse over time. So they either hit the brakes and slow down, or switch lanes to avoid it altogether.

Our photographer took a low-angle shot to show a close-up view of the impact. Watch the video to experience it yourself.

"I would say the suspension feel like it's going to give up" said one driver.

Cones have been put in place to warn drivers, but they don't seem to help.

"Fix it. That's a great idea" said Cohen.

Board members will have to determine if the road is owned by the city, the state or the military. The other issue is figuring out if the dip in the road is a sinkhole, if it is, it could take a lot longer to fix.

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