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Round Top Drive Access a Concern for Residents

A stretch of Round Top Drive is off-limits to traffic after last March's landslides. A stretch of Round Top Drive is off-limits to traffic after last March's landslides.
Joe Gedan at his home on Round Top Dr. Joe Gedan at his home on Round Top Dr.

by Kristine Uyeno

TANTALUS (KHNL) - The horrible Tantalus crime highlights a concern of many who live on Round Top Drive. If another crime or emergency happens, how long will it take emergency responders to get to their home?

Part of the road has only one access point from town.

It's been closed since heavy rains in April created a mudslide. People who live here say now there's only one way to get home, which takes about a half hour.

Residents say driving on this road isn't very easy. You have to drive at a slow speed because the road is narrow with sharp turns.

Joe Gedan was tied up and robbed after last Thursday's triple murder nearby.

"The fact that Round Top was closed helped the police. But the problem is the victims died because it took probably half an hour to get up here and half an hour to get back," said Gedan.

State officials say both the city and state are working together to fix this road. The state has to remove the dirt from the area and to make sure the hillside is stable. The city may need to repave the road. For now, residents like Chen are asking officials for this favor.

"Maybe close so tourists cannot go up in this area. Only 6, 7 properties. At least let us pass," said Ivan Chen, resident.

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