Believe it or don't, the impossibly steep hill leading out of Cruz Bay toward the Westin Resort, Jacob's Ladder, has been paved. Money for the project came from the Obama Administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Asphalt has been poured, then rolled, first one side, then the other. It also appears the top of the hill has been widened a little. The result is a smoother surface and a much more pleasant ride, with no potholes, ruts, or cracking surfaces.
Of course, the real test will come when water trucks need to climb the hill after a rainstorm. Locals have long become experienced in gauging the slipperiness of the hill and waiting at its bottom before climbing behind a laden vehicle.