Constant delays on Honoapiilani are intolerable

The Jan. 12 editorial, “Politics at its dirtiest,” explained that those responsible for shutting down bridge lanes in Ft. Lee, N.J., are now without jobs and facing possible criminal indictments.

Only via intent is the outcome of this act different from what pali travelers go through numerous times each year. Unfortunately, we don’t know who to blame.

The seasonal pali parking lot got off to a great start Jan. 13. The Honopiilani Highway paving project north of Maalaea caused delays approaching an hour.

If history proves correct, during the next two months there will be numerous situations where people find themselves stuck on the pali parking lot due to construction, accidents, whale watching, fires, etc.

Last year, the season was a tremendous boon to Maalaea bars and restaurants. It is sad and frustrating that numerous tourists chose this wait-and-eat/drink option, and were quite vociferous about staying home if they wanted to get caught in traffic.

For at least the past 18 months, between Kaanapali and Maalaea there has never been a day where cones, construction or striping has not impeded traffic.

To ensure punctual arrival at an appointment in Wailuku, one must leave Lahaina 30 minutes early, and that may not be sufficient.

Unfortunately, the $100 million-plus spent on the bypass did nothing to alleviate the real problem, although, in fairness, this was not its purpose.

The highway must be widened or bypassed. Who will step forward and make this a priority?

Bruce Erfer