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Supporters

     The internationally famous Makaha Surfing Beach and its facilities must be preserved and protected.  Any new bridge or roadwork on Farrington Highway at or near the beach should incorporate the community's preferred mauka route to the north and northwest of Makaha Beach Park as depicted on the master plan for the Makaha Beach Park dated May 24, 1999.  If the current bridges are rebuilt as planned at their current location, such an investment (current cost of $23 M) would jeopardize the preferred mauka reroute and the Makaha Beach Park project until these new bridges need replacement 70-100 years from now. It is extremely unlikely that anyone would be willing to tear them down for many years from now to build the mauka route and park the community has voiced its concerns for since the mid-1980s.  If the current Makaha Bridges replacement project proceeds as planned, the placing of the PROJECT's temporary bypass road on the makai side of Farrington highway will place the Makaha Beach ecosystem in immediate peril, especially if the "five-year flood level standard" temporary bridges are washed into the bay by inland flooding or ocean surge.  If the mauka route is constructed, there will be no need to construct a temporary bypass route because the current route would be fully available. The existing bridges have been recently repaired and reinforced by the State DOT; there are no posted limititations on either of the bridges, they have withstood multiple 100 year floods (including the most recent in 2008).  These bridges should last many years, giving plenty of time for the State DOT to reevaluate alternative #4 (the mauka route) and modify the current design to accommodate the community's needs and desires.

Letter to
Mayor, City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell
Director, Department of Transportation, State of Hawaii Director Glenn Okimoto
Representative, District 43, House of Representatives, State of Hawaii Representative Karen Awana
and 11 others
Representative, District 44, House of Representatives, State of Hawaii Representative Jo Jordan
Secretary, WCNB Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board
Governor, State of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie
Corporate Communications, R.M. Towill Heidi Kim
Director, Parks and Recreation, City and County of Honolulu Director Toni Robinson
Structural Engineer, FHWA Mr. Domingo Galiciano
Division Administrator, FHWA Mr. Abraham Wong
Executive Director, Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Brian Gibson
Council Member, City Council, City and County of Honolulu Council Member Kymberly Pine
Chairman, Policy Committee, Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Chairman Breene Harimoto
Senator, District 21, Senate, State of Hawaii Senator Maile Shimabukuro
The internationally famous Makaha Surfing Beach and its facilities must be preserved and protected. Any new bridge or roadwork on Farrington Highway at or near the beach should incorporate the community's preferred mauka route to the north and northwest of Makaha Beach Park as depicted on the master plan for the Makaha Beach Park dated May 24, 1999.

If the current bridges are rebuilt as planned at their current location, such an investment (current cost of $23 M) would jeopardize the preferred mauka reroute and the Makaha Beach Park project until these new bridges need replacement 70-100 years from now. It is extremely unlikely that anyone would be willing to tear them down for many years from now to build the mauka route and park the community has voiced its concerns for since the mid-1980s.

If the current Makaha Bridges replacement project proceeds as planned, the placing of the PROJECT's temporary bypass road on the makai side of Farrington highway will place the Makaha Beach ecosystem in immediate peril, especially if the "five-year flood level standard" temporary bridges are washed into the bay by inland flooding or ocean surge. If the mauka route is constructed, there will be no need to construct a temporary bypass route because the current route would be fully available.

The Makaha Beaches ecosystem can best be preserved and protected if the replacement bridges are located mauka of the current bridges being replaced. This mauka route was proposed in the 1957 Capital Investment Makaha Valley Development Plan, the 1968 Farrington Highway Realignment Study, the 1999 Makaha Beach Park Master Plan and was proposed multiple times by community members and community leaders between the mid-1980s and 2013.

Given a choice between having the current bridges replaced now or waiting to have the mauka route constructed, the later option is strongly preferred.