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Wilson Tunnel partially closed? It could be worse

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Despite assurances from state transportation officials that the Likelike Highway town-bound tunnel remains safe despite structural deterioration, some people must be feeling uneasy and opting for either the H-3 or the Pali Highway routes.

And that means commuters with nerves of steel have been getting faster morning commutes through the Wilson Tunnel.

Of course, it could be worse. It’s not likely West Oahu commuters crawling along H-1 will sympathize with Windwardites having to choose among multiple highway options to get to town.

Principals in road squabble should find compromise

It’s easy to understand why the owners of businesses along Kakaako’s privately owned roads are upset with the city for its decision against handling the maintenance of those roads. They’re caught between a rock (the potholed street) and a hard place (the legal battle between the city and the owners, Kakaako Land).

Kakaako Land started restricting parking in some areas, renting out the roadside stalls as an income producer.

But if the owners want to exercise that right, it seems unfair to expect the city to continue picking up the maintenance tab as if nothing had changed. You can’t have it both ways.

In the interest of the neighbors, there ought to be a compromise here.

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