Res­i­dents Say Speed-re­duc­tion Project Cre­ated Other Haz­ards

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Wind­ward Oahu Is­lan­der -

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

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