HDOT Response – PMContraflow Project (1/15/14)

From: Caroline B. Sluyter
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:46 AM
To: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: HDOT response – PMContraflow Project

Aloha Senator Shimabukuro,

Please see the information below regarding the PMContraflow project status, as requested.

With aloha,
Caroline Sluyter

The PMContraflow is a design build project and the design has not been finalized.  During a design build project the contract allows for flexibility to make adjustments  on the concept of the design during construction.  So far necessary additional deck repairs have been added in both the east and west bound direction which are a 150% increase in the lanes (from 2 lanes in each direction to 5 lanes in each direction).

To address traffic congestion, west bound widening will take place in two locations including the viaduct between the Pearl City onramp and the Waipahu offramp in the westbound direction.  See photos below.  Also, HDOT will be restriping the westbound lanes from the Halawa Merge (Aiea Pedestrian Overpass to Pearl City Off Ramp) to provide a shoulder lane for use during the PM peak period to help with rush hour traffic flow.

As for the PMContraflow initial concept, HDOT is currently looking at alternate designs and working collaboratively with the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and the contractor to make the improvements to address the westbound traffic congestion.  A final decision on whether the PMContraflow concept will be included has not yet been made.



Widen Pearl City Viaduct


Widen Waiawa Interchange (Widen shoulders)


Caroline Sluyter
Public Information Officer
Department of Transportation

KKLEA FAFSA Workshops Jan 28-Apr 15, 2014

(Forwarded by Karen Young to Sen. Shimabukuro 1/15/14)
From: Moana Gaspar
Community Coordinator
Kukuluao and Ka Lama Education Academy
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014

FAFSADo you need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or have questions about it? Waianae High School will be hosting FAFSA WORKSHOPS, come and have the experts from UH West Oahu help you to complete your FAFSA on the following dates:

January 28, 2014            March 11, 2014

February 11, 2014           April 2, 2013

February 25, 2014           April 15, 2013

March 6, 2014

Items to bring with you, to complete the FAFSA.

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit www.pin.ed.gov to obtain one.)
  • If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

**All workshops are held on the campus of Waianae High in the school library from 6pm-8pm**

Transportation Update: Safety Projects Along Farrington Hwy (1/10/14)

From: Jadine Urasaki
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 12:59 PM
To: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro
Subject: Re: Follow up Question re Median Barriers

Aloha Senator,

These are the current safety projects that we are working on along Farrington Highway:

1. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements, at Nanakuli Avenue and Haleakala Avenue
SCOPE OF WORK: Widening of Farrington Highway between Nanakuli Stream and Helelua Street to facilitate construction of an auxiliary lane, 8-foot wide shared-use path; realignment of the existing historic railroad track, drainage systems, relocation of existing utilities and traffic signal system.
CON ESTIMATE:  $ 10,068,863.00
Construction to commence shortly

2. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway Drainage Improvements
Vicinity of Princess Kahanu Avenue
SCOPE OF WORK: Drainage improvements to mitigate flooding during heavy downpour/high surf. Work involves replacing existing 12″ drain with 24″ drainline, convert existing drywell into a drain inlet, reconstruct existing drain inlet, install manholes, hydro-mulch, and other related improvements.
CON ESTIMATE: $750,000.00

3. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway, Replacement of Maipalaoa Bridge
SCOPE OF WORK: This project will replace the existing Maipalaoa Bridge including the addition of piers, asphalt pavement reconstruction, utility relocation and other related improvements.
CON ESTIMATE: $14.7 Million
ESTIMATED SCHEDULE: Bid Open Dec. 2014/Jan 2015

4. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway Resurfacing, Vicinity of Kili Drive to Satellite Tracking Station Road
SCOPE OF WORK: Cold planing, resurfacing, reconstructing weakened pavement areas, replace and install guardrails, end treatments, slope stabilization, installing new concrete bus pads, installing loop detectors and traffic signal head back plates,            adjusting utility manholes and pullboxes, pavement markings and striping
CON ESTIMATE: $11.0 Million
ESTIMATED SCHEDULE: Bid Open January/February 2015

5. PROJECT TITLE: Farrington Highway, Replacement of Makaha Bridges 3 and 3A
SCOPE OF WORK: Replacement of two existing wooden bridge structures with two new reinforced concrete bridge structures.
CON ESTIMATE:  $16,411,374.00

Thank you.
Jadine Urasaki, P.E. LEED AP
Deputy Director – Projects
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
869 Punchbowl Street, Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Transportation Update: Lighting & Widening of Farrington Hwy (1/6/14)

From: Jadine Urasaki
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 10:26 AM
To: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro

Aloha Senator,

Please see responses to your inquiries as it relates to DOT:

Senator Shimabukuro: Lights Along Farrington Highway and in the State Ag. Parks – I’m not sure whether you’ve driven along the corridor between the Kahe Point Power Plant and the Piliokahi Street at the beginning of Nanakuli at night, but there are NO street-lights illuminating that stretch of road from Kahe Point to the “hill” entering Nanakuli As you may realize, traffic accidents (some fatal) have become a rather common occurrence – most recently this past week.  I recall that Farrington Highway is a state roadway, so is there some way the State could arrange for the installation of at least a street lights to be installed – possibly solar-powered like those street lamps by the Navy Exchange fronting the freeway entrance at Moanalua?

Response:  Approximately 3,000 ft. from the Kahe Pt. Power Plant driveway to before the “hill” on Farrington Hwy. has no street lighting.  This section is a 4-lane divided roadway with 12 ft. travelways, 4-6 ft. paved shoulders and a 20-22 ft. median. There is one unsignalized beach access intersection and one median opening for u-turns.  The average daily traffic is approximately 40,000 vehicles and the summary of the 5-year accident history based on latest available data (2006-2010) is as follows:

  • 23 major traffic accidents (0 fatalities, 11 injury)
  • 10 of the 23 accidents occurred during daylight
  • Of the 13 non-daylight accidents – 4 were noted as fatigue as a factor, 3 were noted as alcohol as a factor, 2 were noted as speed as a factor.  The other accidents mentioned rear-ended in a construction zone going 20 mph, veered off, illness-seizure, traveling wrong way.

Based non-daylight accident history, no development along this section of roadway, and impacts to wildlife, the installation of street lighting is not necessary.  With concern on the most recent fatalities, we are awaiting accident report from the Honolulu Police Department to confirm the exact location.

In addition, use of solar-powered LED street lighting is not recommended at this time.  Our focus is on implementing LED lighting first before we start looking at an alternative power supply.  Developing LED specifications is an iterative process as we find out what works well and what doesn’t through experiences with our LED installations and guidance and regulations from Federal Highways Administration and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).  Also, based on a brief research, not many manufacturers currently produce solar-powered lighting for highway purposes and like LED, time will produce more manufacturer and better products.  As with solar-powered equipment we have deployed now or in the past, crashworthiness, system reliability, battery life and battery theft are issues that need to be addressed.

Senator Shimabukuro: Farrington Highway Widening – Given the Leeward Coast’s increasing population, the ONLY means of transport on/off this Coast needs to be widened. You had mentioned the plan for a third, turning lane along the Ma`ili through Nanakuli corridor. However, are these plans set in stone? Would it be possible to add a lane(s) on the “Makai” side of the highway replacing the old railroad tracks? Shouldn’t federal funds be available for this given this highway’s access to the munitions depot. A big concern is that should another hurricane or tsunami strike, we Leeward Coast residents have only ONE transportation artery allowing access and egress since Kolekole Pass is shut down.

Response:  The Farrington Highway corridor along the Leeward Coast lacks sufficient additional right-of-way to provide an additional travel lane.  While it is true that the old Oahu Railway and Land Company parcel was transferred to the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), it included a condition that the State use a portion of this land to construct a bikeway or pedestrian walkway.  The State is close to advertising for construction the Leeward Bikeway project which will fulfill our commitment on this matter and provide a multi-use path for bicyclists and pedestrians along much of the Leeward Coast.

Late last year, HDOT advertised the Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements at Nanakuli Avenue and Haleakala Avenue Project which will provide the much needed signalized, dedicated left-turn lanes into the Nanakuli subdivision.  Construction is anticipated to begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Thank you.
Jadine Urasaki, P.E. LEED AP
Deputy Director – Projects
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation
869 Punchbowl Street, Suite 500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813