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Written by Burl on December 19th, 2009


The Bridge over Halawa Stream

Yes, the bridge over Halawa Stream near CINCPAC and the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center has been completed. Here I am driving over it. It took the state nearly seven years and more than $10 million to complete this 50-foot span. I thought the guys working on it considered it a lifetime jobs program. It only took four years to build the Golden Gate Bridge.


9 Comments so far ↓

  1. mutt says:

    The incompetence, waste and poor work ethic in this state (and county) are staggering. There is just no reason for this. It’s sickening. Why do we tolerate this?

  2. Rachel Chesser says:

    We are confused as to just where this bridge is located. My advisor suggests we Google it … I say, “We just ask YOU, Burl!”

    BTW I take some offense at the negative characterization of the State’s work ethic, etc. Keeping folks productively employed isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Better than on the dole.

  3. Rachel Chesser says:

    Okay … I succumbed to the pressure of my advisor and Googled the thing: http://www.kitv.com/news/20197021/detail.html

    According to this, there were some understandable reasons for the delays; while 80% of the tab was picked up by the Federal Government.

    Having grown up in that area, I know there are things buried all over — only to be discovered at much later dates, lacking little if any documentation. I lived over the Halawa communications/oil storage, etc. facility built under Red Hill Terrace. The houses would gently vibrate as the “train” moved underneath. Fascinating area!

  4. Burl Burlingame says:

    It’s right between the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center and the Halawa entrance to Kilo Pier, down the hill from CINCPAC.

    It was essentially a Navy project on a state highway, that’s why the Feds ponied up so much of the money.

    The “productively employed” folks weren’t state workers. They were private contractors paid with tax dollars.

    Reminds me of the American businessman who went to China and saw a massive building project with hundreds of workers using shovels. He asked why they didn’t use bigger equipment and was told it was a make-work jobs program. In that case, he said, why not give them spoons?

    One of the reasons Salt Lake Boulevard took 20 years to be widened was the existence of Navy “plumbing” in the area. What took the time was getting the Navy to acknowledge it was there!

    That train tunnel from CINCPAC to Red Hill, BTW, was built in only six months. Imagine how many decades that would take today.

  5. Rachel Chesser says:

    Do you believe it was “make work, Burl?” Someone had to do the physical work of rebuilding that bridge. Even if private contractors took Federal monies, the construction workers were surely local.

    Do you know when that tunnel was constructed? I lived in Red Hill Terrace from 1963 thru’ 1968.

  6. Burl says:

    No, the point was the length of time it took to do a fairly simple job. When the Salt Lake bridge over Halawa Stream washed out in 1965, the Army Corps of Engineers had it up and running in a weekend!

  7. Rachel Chesser says:

    I concede to you, my dear. I, however, pose my one question again: do you know when the Red Hill facility was constructed? That entire area figures hugely into my own family’s story. We lived and played in what was, at the time, an isolated enclave of Navy housing, surrounded by bush, accessed from the old Moanalua Highway. My brother Sam and some of his young pals got picked up by the military police for climbing the fence into the Aliamnau Crater. I recall an old gravestone out beyond the back fence; even cows on occasion from the long ago defunct dairy farm. As one entered the Terrace, we passed abandoned warehouses (great for playing Trixie Belden, girl detective) and at the end of that road, was the much discussed Halawa Stream. We’d climb down to the stream, hand the dog down, too (actually had a swimmin’ hole and a rock from which we could jump!). Auwe! Fun, small kid times!

  8. Burl says:

    The Red Hill “oil storage” facility was built 1940-1943, but basically, all the tunneling and secret areas date back to WWII.

    I recall deer and wild goats in the area!

  9. Rachel Chesser says:

    I can remember deer in our front yard in the early morning. Never saw the wild goats, but, heard many a boar crash thru the brush. And bomb craters. Lots to investigate as a keiki!

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