The County needs to embrace a new approach to traffic and roads. Instead of trying to solve traffic congestion by widening roads and building major bypasses, the County should aggressively implement its Kauai Multimodal Land Transportation Plan by expanding Kauai Bus services, developing walkable and bikeable communities and putting affordable housing closer to jobs. This clears the roads for those who want or need to drive.

Even if there were a consensus to widen our roads and build major bypasses, which would be contrary to our goal of preserving our rural environment, there is not enough money to do it effectively. The highway widening between Lihue and KCC alone has cost $80 million. We need a realistic, cost ­effective approach to traffic congestion and future land transportation needs, which should include emergency ­only bypasses on the east and west sides.

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