Workers return to site where first rail bone discovered

Workers return to site where first rail bone discovered
Published: Sep. 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Excavation continued today at the site where the first human bone was found along the rail route.  Crews continued digging unsure of what would be found next.

Crews were sifting through the dirt for most of the day.  Some workers would scoop out shovels full of dirt from the trench.  Others would sift through it.  At times bigger chunks were separated and put into bags where it was then labeled and documented.  The rest of the dirt was piled into a dumpster to be taken away.

As many as four workers at a time were in the narrow trench all working around the bone.  The state wanted the bone left in the trench while the excavation continued around it.  The hope is the surrounding dirt will provide better information about the cultural layer where the bone fragment was found and help decide what to do next.

No new bones were found today.

The focus has been on the future of rail.  While in Washington DC recently Hawaii News Now asked Senator Daniel Inouye if the rail would become another Superferry, a failed transportation endeavor mishandled by the government.

"No. At least I hope not," responded Sen. Inouye.

The Senator is also hoping federal funding stays on track too.  It's a far cry from his previous, more confident statements where he said it would take World War III to stop rail.

"At this point the federal government and the Congress are willing to put aside monies for this project.  I'm just hoping that Congress will remain patient and supportive and the administration too," said Sen. Inouye.

Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle, Honolulu City Council Chair Ernie Martin, Hart CEO Dan Grabauskas and other will join Inouye in Washington this week to talk about the delays, the bone and to convince federal leaders not to jump off the train.  Meetings in Washington are scheduled for this Wednesday and Thursday.

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