After Months Of Disrepair City Crews Fix Kaneohe Sidewalks

Ashley Hidalgo
Ashley Hidalgo
Bob Barr
Bob Barr

Aug 17, 2006 07:15 PM

By: Minna Sugimoto

(KHNL) -- We have a Talk Story success story to share. Folks in Kaneohe called KHNL's Talk Story line, when a project to fix a crumbling sidewalk seemed hopelessly stalled. Right after our story aired, crews were back at work.

She showed us her daily dance routine.

"It's this funny thing that I call the hip hop 'cause I have to hip hop over all of these things here," Ashley Hidalgo, Kaneohe resident, said Monday.

Now, Ashley has a smoother path to work.

"It's been months and months since they had, you know, torn it all up," she said. "And to see that it was fixed in one day was so surprising to me."

This week, frustrated residents and business owners from the area turned to KHNL. They told us repair crews had ripped out the cracked portions of a sidewalk on Kahuhipa Street two months ago, and then disappeared.

"Surprising the power that Channel 8's got because the next day, they were here with trucks, cement trucks, guys working, smoothing out the sidewalk, filling the holes," Bob Barr, Kaneohe business owner, said.

People who work along the stretch say not only did the lengthy project raise safety concerns, it hurt business.

"Twenty to 25 parking spaces were taken up," Barr said. "And that's a lot for around here, especially when people have to park and they have no place to park."

Now, folks are practically skipping on their new sidewalk.

"Finally, man. We're probably going to have a block party," Barr said, laughing.

"It's going to be a lot easier for me to walk to work and to get here," Hidalgo said. "And it'll be a lot more safe."

"Everything's back to normal, but only because of Channel 8," Barr added.

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