KYMBERLY MARCOS PINE

COUNCILMEMBER

(808) 768-5001 (808) 768-1217 (fax)

E-mail: kmpine@honolulu.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FERUARY 18, 2016

 

After Nearly a Decade, City Accepting Ownership of More Than

50 Leeward Roads and Infrastructure Improvements

 

Adoption of Councilmember Pine’s Legislation to Streamline Road Dedication Process

Brings Positive Changes to Leeward Communities

 

Yesterday, the Honolulu City Council formally accepted infrastructure improvements in Sea Country, Maili, bringing the number of roads and infrastructure dedicated to and accepted by the City to more than 50 projects in Leeward Oahu since Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine has introduced legislation to expedite the City’s process of acceptance.

 

In addition to the infrastructure accepted yesterday, Leeward residents are elated that ownership of roads and infrastructure in Ewa by Gentry, Farrington Highway, Ocean Pointe, Maili Kai, Sea Country, Mehana at Kapolei and Kapolei Business Park have been transferred to the City, bringing about change to communities that waited years for the city to accept and start maintaining these improvements in their neighborhoods.

 

“For decades, Leeward communities have waited for road, sewer and drain repairs—one of our core City services, and because the City did not streamline its infrastructure acceptance process earlier, the wait turned from months to years.” Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine said. “The roads began to deteriorate and this was simply unacceptable. Despite paying property taxes, residents in community associations had to also pay for repairs to roads and other infrastructure projects themselves and that is a responsibility of the City.”

 

In the past, there had been instances in which roadways had been built but did not receive much-needed repairs, due to delays from the City Administration in accepting these roadway improvements. While residents waited eagerly to receive updates about these roads, they became frustrated by a lack of specific guidelines regarding roadway improvements and a lack of communication from the City.

 

Responding to the community’s concerns, Councilmember Pine introduced Resolution 15-11 and 15-12 which shined light on long-delayed road safety and maintenance improvements on roads in District One.  These resolutions urged the City to reevaluate and streamline its process for accepting road, sewer and drain improvements.

 

Seeing the latest acceptance is the Maili subdivision of Sea Country, which originally needed road repaving and street light replacement. However, the City had delayed acceptance of these roads into its inventory until Councilmember Pine’s Resolution 15-11, Requesting the City Administration to Set Forth Specific Requirements for Dedications of Roadway Improvements Constructed Pursuant to Conditional Zoning Agreements, was adopted in February 2015.

 

Ed Lauer, General Manager of the Sea Country Community Association, expressed the frustrations of the residents, “Over the past 15 years, the process of getting our roads repaired had taken far too long. We are appreciative that they are finally being addressed.”

 

“The potholes on the main road outside of our store were absolutely terrible.” Sea Country General Store Manager Ginger Kahalepuna commented. “However, I’ve noticed that recently, within the past month, the potholes are being patched,” indicating progress finally taking place in the Sea Country community.

 

In addition, Councilmember Pine’s Resolution 15-12, Requesting the City Administration to Set Forth Specific Requirements for Dedications of Sewer Improvements Constructed Pursuant to Conditional Zoning Agreements, urges the City to reevaluate its process for accepting sewer improvements, which affects many of the roads that Leeward residents drive on every day.

 

Kevin Rathburn, Ocean Pointe Master CA President and Ke Alohi Kai Resident shared his thoughts regarding the City expediting the Ke Alohi Kai Community street dedication process. “Having the City take control of the maintenance and repairs certainly relieves the responsibility of our community association and the developer from repairing and maintaining the area streets.  The most important aspect is we now have a venue to get timely street light repairs which will provide our community with better lighted areas and security.”

 

Since adopting the two resolutions in February 2015, the City has streamlined the acceptance of roads and infrastructure on the Leeward coast, and has dedicated or is in the process of turning over more than 70 subdivision improvements in District One. Now that the City is effectively clarifying requirements for roadway improvement dedications, many Leeward roads will soon be eligible to be mapped, repaved and maintained by the City’s road repaving and pothole fixing crews.

 

Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine represents residents of District One (ʻEwa, ʻEwa Beach, Kapolei, Honokai Hale, Ko ʻOlina, Nanakuli, Maili, Waianae, Makaha, Keaau, Makua).

 

 

Roads and infrastructure transferred to the City since adoption of Resolutions 15-11 and 15-12

 

 

Ewa Beach

Ewa By Gentry: Kanela St, Hoomohalu Pl, Hoomalule Pl, Hoowalea St (portion), Hoowalea Way, Hoowalea Pl, Hoomahana St (portion), Hekuawa St (portion), Hoolu Pl, Hoolu Way, Hookaahea St, Hookaahea Pl, Hoomaile St, Hoonana St.

 

Ocean Pointe: Kaimalie St (portion), Kaiee St (portion), Kai Kukuma St (portion), Kai Anae St, Kai Wana St, Sewer Easements 8374, 8377, 8378.

 

 

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Maili

Maili Kai/Sea Country: Kaipoi St, Konini St, Pii St, Owelo Pl, Ahana St (portion)

 

Sea Country: Wehiwehi St (portion), Panoa St, Mokila St (portion), Kowehe St., Laia St (portion), Mokila St (portion), Mokila Pl, Kulawae St (portion), Nakii St (portion), Polikua St, Polikua Pl, Pakeke St (portion), Kuaha St.

 

Sea Country Area 7 Phase 1 Subdivision: Roadway Lots 168-172, Grant of Drain Easements 3 and 53, Grant of Access Easements 55, 56 and 57.

 

Sea Country Area 7 Phase 2 Subdivision: Roadway Lots 120-123, Grant of Drain Easements 1,2, and 43; and Grant of Flowage Easements 1 and 2 for public use in Waianae.

 

 

Kapolei

Mehana: Kukulu St (portion), Kunehi St (portion), Manawai St (portion)

 

Kapolei Business Park: Lauwiliwili St, Uu Pl, Lauia St, Opakapaka St, Opule St, Munu St

 

Kapolei Waterpark Sewerline: Sewer Easements 8261 and 8262

 

Kapolei Drainage Easement: Drain Easement 10292

 

 

 

 

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Attachments:

 

Resolution 15-11

Resolution 15-12

Overcrowding Waianae

Our Waianae Residents’ voices have finally been heard. Councilmember Pine is proud to announce that after meeting with the Waianae Coast residents, TheBus Hawaii, the City’s Department of Transportation Services, and sharing our community’s concerns about bus overcrowding, the City has added an additional 3:48 a.m. Route 93 Bus that will run from Makaha to Downtown Honolulu, effective March.

Councilmember Pine is also working with the City to address another issue on the Leeward Coast: overcrowding on Route C, the “country express” bus from Makaha Beach Park to Ala Moana Center.

 

To read more: http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/overcrowding-stresses-waianae-bus-routes/

 

NEWS RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU

 

 

Handi-Van reservations now available three days in advance

 

Honolulu – Riders of TheHandi-Van are now able to schedule rides up to three days in advance.

 

The Department of Transportation Services and Handi-Van operator Oʻahu Transit Services this week expanded the advance reservation window from two days to three days.  Adding the extra day will provide convenience to riders while hopefully keeping no shows and late cancellations to a minimum.

 

TheHandi-Van is a public transit service for persons with disabilities who are unable to use TheBus. More information on eligibility, applications, reservations, and hours is available on TheHandi-Van website at handi-van.honolulu.gov and through TheHandi-Van reservations and customer service line at 456-5555.

Leeward bikers are pleased that a 2.5 mile long bike path in Ewa Beach will soon be maintained for use by the City.

City officials have reached an agreement with the West Loch Fairways Community Association to accept responsibility for a bike path which extends from Asing Park to the edge of Waipahu.

Under this agreement, the City has assumed maintenance and liability for the nearly 100,000 square foot easement portion of the bike path.

This portion is part of a larger plan by the City and State to create the Leeward Bike Path, which will eventually stretch from West Oahu to past Pearl Harbor.

EWA bike path map

Picture courtesy of Star Advertiser.

 

To read more: http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/city-takes-charge-of-part-of-bike-path/

 

A report by from KITV highlighted our district as the 2nd highest area on our island to have potholes filled. Within the past year, 7,556 potholes in Waianae have been repaired; trailing behind Honolulu’s #1 average of 16,346 potholes that also have been filled.

The City’s Department of Facility Maintenance workers are regularly going out to our district to tend to calls they receive regarding potholes, repairs and maintenance of our roads. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few of the resources that are readily available to assist you in reporting much-needed infrastructure repairs in our neighborhood, so that our city workers can continue to diligently work to keep our roads safe.

  • City’s Pothole Hotline: To report a city pothole that needs repair, you may reach the City Pothole Report Phone Line at 768-7777. You may also submit your request electronically by filling out a pothole request form online at http://www.honolulu.gov/dfm/pothole.htm.
  • Honolulu 311: Honolulu 311 is the official mobile application for the City & County of Honolulu and provides a platform for people to report potholes, broken streetlights, cracked sidewalks, illegal dumping, and vandalized/broken signs, and can be downloaded via your smartphone

potholes andrew

The City’s Road Repaving Map is also a resourceful tool that indicates which roads are currently being worked on.  According to this map,  roads in Waianae set for construction in 2015 include the following:

 

Maiuu Road, Ala Akau Street, Ala Hema Street, Kaupuni Place, Army Street, Old Government Road, Guard Street, Plantation Road, Lihue St, Mill St, Midway Street, Bayview St., Pokai Bay St., Glenmonger St., Alta St., Ala Poko St., Leihoku St., Leileiho Pl., Leipupu Pl., Leihua St., Mokeahi St., Moelua St., Moekolu St., Moeha St., Moelima St., Moekaa Pl., I and more.

 

To see a full list of Waianae roads that are being repaved this year, feel free to access the City’s Map of Rehabilitation projects at https://data.honolulu.gov/Transportation/Road-Repaving-Rehabilitation-/4tkz-zg68

Access Road Mehana

On December 2, 2015, a new access road opened in Mehana at Kapolei subdivision, providing a much-needed alternate route for residents and relief to parents transporting children to nearby Hookele Elementary School.

Previously, traffic backup on Kapolei Parkway and Kunehi Street, the subdivision’s only entrance prior to the opening of the second access road, was a major issue especially when the school initially opened.

The access road now connects the Mehana subdivision to Kapolei Parkway through Kamaaha Avenue.

 

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To read the Star Advertiser article by Jayna Omaye, go here: http://www.staradvertiser.com/hawaii-news/access-road-built-by-developer-ties-homes-to-kapolei-parkway/

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Beginning today, a second access road in Kapolei is finally open for residents to use in their daily commutes.  The Kama’aha Ave road connection from Mehana to Kapolei Parkway is now available for public use.

 
This secondary access will help alleviate traffic congestion for Mehana residents and parents coming to and from Ho’okele Elementary.

Improve Driving on Leeeward Coast

Our View: Star Advertiser

11/17/15

Improving transportation on our Leeward coast remains as one of Councilmember’s top priorities. An editorial from the ‘Our View’ Section of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser explains further about some of the measures to ease traffic flow in Waianae.

The state Department of Transportation is expected two traffic cameras each at Nanakuli and Haleakala avenues on Farrington Highway within the next six months. The camera project reinforces a move to add an additional turn lane and to adjust the traffic lights in the area all to make necessary inroads in decreasing the backlog during rush hour.

DOT is looking at extending its turn lane project to Hakimo Road, which would help reduce congestion. That stretch of Farrington Highway is currently two lanes each way. The turning lane would be helpful in the event of traffic accidents or other emergency situations, if used as an emergency contraflow lane to preserve two lanes of traffic in each direction.

Many Waianae residents endure heavy traffic each day, many of whom are forced to leave in the pre-dawn hours to avoid two-hour commutes. Once the cameras are working, residents will be able to view road conditions on the GoAkamai application, which provides images from more than 200 cameras located island wide. Drivers will be able to plan head by knowing where problem spots are occurring.  Traffic managers should also be able to help speed response times. Currently, traffic coverage cameras do not extend past Kapolei.

Meanwhile, plans are in the works for the much-needed improvement of Franklin D. Roosevelt Avenue from West Perimeter Road to Enterprise Street in nearby Kalaeloa. An agreement would transfer that section of Roosevelt Avenue from the state DOT to the state Hawaii Community Development Authority, a move that would expedite HCDA’s improvement of the road up to city standards. The roadway would be turned over to the city upon completion.

The poor condition of more than 20 miles of roadways in Kalaeloa has hampered development in the area, and the inability to address differing roadway standards has delayed necessary work.

“There is a reason Kalaeloa hasn’t been developed the way it should have been,” said City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine.

Plans could allow for center lanes, a 20-foot median and concrete sidewalks, and setting aside 14 feet on each side for possible widening.

 

Repainting of Sidewalks near Makaha Elementary School

Makaha elem sidewalks

A Makaha resident recently reached out to Councilmember Pine’s office regarding the crosswalks, side of the sidewalks and roadway lines on Lahaina street. These streets are usually painted before the beginning of the school year. However, the constituent noticed that they had not been repainted yet, and subsequently was worried about the pedestrian safety near Makaha Elementary School.

 

Councilmember Pine sent in a Request for Investigation and Services Report to reach the appropriate department that takes care of this road. Soon after, the Department of Facilities Maintenance responded, and a division of road maintenance crews were sent out to tend to the roads. The cross walks and sidewalks on Lahaina street are now repainted!

 

Papipi Road Safety

Papipi Road, near Ewa Beach Elementary. Picture courtesy of Google Images.

 

An ʻEwa Beach resident recently contacted Councilmember Pine’s office regarding concerns about the safety of school children and pedestrians near Ewa Beach Elementary along Papipi Road.

 

Along with safety concerns, our resident also raised issues about speeding vehicles, a lack of blinking lights or school crossing signs, and cars stopping too close to the crosswalk when children are crossing.

 

Councilmember Pine sent in a Request for Investigation and Services to the Department of Transportation Services (DTS). DTS soon performed an investigation of the crosswalk and replied back with their findings.

 

According to DTS, the City has recently upgraded the School Crossing warning signs and installed “Higher Fines” along Papipi Road in the vicinity of Ewa Beach Elementary School. In addition, under the City’s Complete Streets Implementation Project , a study was conducted along Papipi Road, between Kapolei Parkway and Fort Weaver Road.

 

In the meantime, DTS will be issuing a work order to install supplemental School Crossing signage to enhance conspicuity of the school crossings.