HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -When landslides forced closure of Pali Highway for just two days last week, we saw once again how inadequate and fragile Oahu’s highways system are.
Windward residents have three routes other than the Pali – but they were all jammed. Other routes into town from Central and West Oahu were also backed-up.
The Department of transportation showed both cleverness and prudence in working out a contra-flow system for rush hours, and that helped.
But the DOT gave a sobering assessment of the continued risk to the highway – which will take many months and some heavy construction to protect.
Its hard to blame any single event on climate change, especially when the steep Koolau cliffs have long been prone to landslides.
But this could be a sign of what’s to come as more and more of our key arteries are threatened by rising sea levels and powerful storms.
There will be more sudden closures and emergency solutions to prevent gridlock.
It’s a reminder that we need to see concrete plans soon to protect our critical transportation infrastructure from destruction that now seems inevitable.