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An agreement would transfer a portion of Franklin D. Roosevelt Avenue from the state Department of Transportation to the Hawaii Community Development Authority, which would be tasked to improve the road based on the City’s Standards.

Upon completion of the improvement, Roosevelt Avenue from West Perimeter Road to Enterprise Street would then be dedicated to the City.

This measure is a way to address differing roadway standards and overdue improvements to make way for development in Kalaeloa.

City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who introduced a resolution to authorize the City to enter into the agreement, said the measure could pave the way for upgrading other roads in Kalaeloa.  She said that any costs to the city would be “minimal compared to what taxpayers will gain by improving this area.”

“The people of the district have been demanding that we improve the roads of Kalaeloa,” Pine said.

“There is a reason Kalaeloa hasn’t been developed the way it should have been.  This (agreement) finally delivers to the community their demands that we improve this area.”

To read more: http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/hawaiinewspremium/20151116_plans_proceed_to_update_kalaeloa_road.html?id=350456621

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The state Department of Transportation plans to install two traffic cameras each at Nanakuli and Haleakala avenues on Farrington Highway within the next six months, said Ed Sniffen, the department’s deputy director for the Highways Division. The cameras, one in each direction, will be installed to coincide with a project to add an additional turn lane and to adjust the traffic lights in the area.

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 islandwide. But Sniffen said DOT would need funding to install more cameras on the Waianae Coast.

City Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, whose district spans Ewa Beach to Waianae, said traffic cameras would be part of the solution to the “traffic crisis” on Farrington Highway. She said she hopes the cameras will be up and working next year.

“It’s not a small thing,” Pine said. “These cameras will greatly improve the quality of life of Waianae residents because they will be better able to plan their day and ride out of Waianae and into Waianae. It also leads to faster response times from traffic management.”

Ken Koike, a member of the Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board, said the community welcomes any solutions to help relieve congestion, including traffic cameras and traffic light synchronization.

“When it comes to those traffic cameras, that’s entirely a service to the public,” Koike said. “We appreciate greatly that our city (and) county and state officials are trying their best to accommodate our situation. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough. We are grasping at straws right now.”

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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.

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Aerial view of Makaha Elementary School and Lahaina Street

 

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!

Councilmember Pine recently met with Ed Lauer, General Manager of the Sea Country Community Association.  Ed requested a meeting to discuss ways to improve pedestrian safety and to also address street parking concerns from the community.

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UPDATE: After meeting with Ed Lauer, Councilmember Pine sent in a Request for Investigation and Services Report to the Department of Transportation Services, in which they quickly responded. According to Director Michael D. Formby, the department will be conducting an investigation of the streets discussed, which will include research, site inspections, field assessments, traffic history and data analysis. The department will update Councilmember Pine’s office of their findings within the next 60 days.

 

Some of the ideas that Ed Lauer shared with Councilmember Pine include the following:

 

  • Mokila Street—Request to make one side of the street “no parking.”
  • Pakeke Street—Request to make it available for parking on both sides of the street.
  • Anaha Street—Request to make it “no parking” along Makai side of the street.
  • Intersection of Kaukama Road and Pakeke Street—Request a 3-way stop and a crosswalk due to the large number of pedestrians who use this intersection on a daily basis.
  • Intersection of Pakeke Street and Huamoa Street—Request a 3-way stop and a crosswalk since this area is a main bus stop for school children.

 

According to the Mayor’s recent quarterly Roads Report, The city has filled 32,976 potholes this year and filled 39,951 in 2014. The city regularly patches potholes within 48 hours of them being reported.  Temporary pothole patching helps create a smoother ride for drivers until more substantive improvements can be made.

A recent report by Andrew Pereira 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.

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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.

 

From the Star-Advertiser:

As bad as the driving experience was last weekend on the Waianae Coast, the situation could have been worse: A medical emergency response, or some other critical-response need, could have been delayed by the traffic logjam.

The water main break on Saturday, exacerbated by damage to a sewer line and the subsequent shutdown of part of Farrington Highway for two days, illuminated the public safety risk the community faces. The cause — as it has been for many years — is the lack of a serviceable emergency access road for the coast, when the main arterial highway is disabled . . . read more. 

To read more about Councilmember Pine’s efforts to increase access to the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road, click here.  

From KHON:

Traffic worries along the west side of Oahu are nothing new. State legislators as well as administrators from a number of agencies want to hear from you about how to ease traffic along the busy Leeward corridor.

Officials from the State Department of Transportation, a representative from City Transportation Services, and H.A.R.T. officials answered questions.

The town hall meeting took place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nanaikapono Elementary School. It was organized by State Senator Maile Shimabukuro, who says she is all to familiar with the problems that can arise when it comes to west side traffic.

Officials heard suggestions from residents such as opening a full-time bypass road and adding another lane on Farrington Highway.

No final decisions were made, but officials say they are open to all ideas.

For more information, click here.

Beginning on July 6, 2015, traffic flow improvements will be made to ease congestion on Kapolei Parkway at the intersection of Fort Barette Road, fronting Kapolei High School.

Kapolei Parkway lanes will be modified between Kunehi Street and Maluohai Street in both directions approaching the Fort Barrette Road intersection. Existing left-turn-only lanes onto Fort Barrette Road will be modified to allow left turns and straight movements to improve traffic flow and reduce queue lengths.

For more information, check out this Hawaii News Now article: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/29483059/traffic-improvement-work-in-kapolei-this-week

ICMYI: A recent Star Advertiser article regarding the Makakilo Drive Extension:

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“It has become a top priority for this administration,” said Councilwoman Kymberly Pine, who represents the area. “They only have one way in and out. So this really is a safety issue.”

http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/hawaiinewspremium/20150628__Makakilo_drive_Construction_of_Extension_could_begin_in_2018_depending_on_funds.html?id=310435801

ICYMI: This morning’s Star Advertiser featured a column about the Leeward Bikeway project, which is anticipated to go out to bid before the end of this year. The bikeway will stretch more than 12 miles from the end of the existing bike path to Lualualei Naval Road in Nanakuli. This will provide an alternate and enviromentally-conscious way of transportation for Leeward residents!

http://www.staradvertiser.com/newspremium/kokualinepremium/20150625_Bikeway_project_expected_to_go_out_to_bid_this_year.html?id=309754051