Friday, April 10, 2009
Do-It-Yourselfers Come Through ... Big Time!
When heavy rains washed away a section of road leading to Polihale State Park on Kauai, a number residents and some small businesses providing tours for visitors were cut off. It was a pretty simple equation: No road = no tourists = no income.
Typically, the State came out looked at the mess, studied it, and months later came back shaking their heads. Fixing the road and repairing the small bridge would cost $4 million dollars and we're facing a big deficit and there’s just no telling when we’ll get around to fixing the road. And ... oh, yeah … sorry about the inconvenience.
So a bunch of local folks said, “Screw it!” And using donated labor, materials and equipment, fixed the road and rebuilt the bridge in ten days!
The only thing left is to get the State to inspect and certify the new bridge.