Residents Say Speed-reduction Project Created Other Hazards
trouble getting through.
“We have been working for seven years and through two city administrations to make needed changes to improve traffic, pedestrian and bicycle safety on Kihapai Street,” said Hendricks, who has led the campaign for project changes. “I’m tired of hearing budget, budget, budget.”
He and about 90 percent of his neighbors (petitioned twice) have requested additional speed tables (humps, not bumps) for the 400 block of the street, as well as the removal of two chicanes. Such remedial action, responded DTS director Michael Formby to Hendricks last July, “would generally be considered lower priority versus a community request for devices where one does not currently exist.”
City Councilman Ikaika Anderson confirmed the familiar funding snafu in a Jan. 21 email to the Windward Islander:
“I cannot speak
for DTS,” Anderson wrote, “but I can tell you that this project still is of lowfunding priority for the City Council. Communities across my Council district are requesting the installation of traffic-calming devices, and I cannot at this time seek monies to remove/replace existing traffic calming devices while such funds could be routed to communities awaiting installation of improvements.”
Still, Hendricks argued, “the bulb-outs and center-lane barriers do not work. Waimanalo-bound traffic does not slow down, as drivers have learned that if they go straight, they do not have to slow down.”
If the city’s fathers and mothers were to listen to Hendricks’ personal proposal, it would all be over and done by now: “I could bring in a large 4-in-1 front-end loader and remove the 410 Kihapai device in 10 minutes; then order asphalt from Grace Pacific and install the new speed table there in two hours.
“The new speed table for 467 and 471 Kihapai would take another two hours. Traffic will have to be blocked for a short time to allow the hot asphalt to harden.”
After that, maybe this determined retiree could step up to direct the rail project.
We have been working for seven years and through two city administrations to make
…” needed changes to improve traffic