DOT Updates 12/23/14

Maile Lei 160Here are some recent updates from the Department of Transportation (DOT):

Nanakuli Turn Lanes: I obtained funding for this project, which will create a 17-car turn lane at Haleakala Ave., and a 21-car turn lane at Nanakuli Ave., both in the Honolulu-bound direction. Fortunately, DOT has ended lane closures for the next 3-4 months, and they are considering night work. For more information, contact Derek Inoshita at 587-2160 or Kaikor Construction at 841-3110.

Farrington Highway Landscaping: DOT is considering using xeriscape or other drought-resistant vegetation, which will require less maintenance, and thereby less lane closures.

Medians/Concrete Barriers: Rep. Awana obtained $10m in 2014 for concrete barriers and other safety improvements along Farrington Hwy. DOT will follow-up.

Makaha Surfing Beach: I informed DOT that the funds obtained by Councilwoman Pine for a feasibility study to re-route the highway mauka of the canoe hale were restored to the City budget. DOT will follow-up.

Contraflow Lane in Nanakuli: I will be working with DOT to draft a proposal for a feasibility study for a 5th contraflow lane in Nanakuli to alleviate the heavy traffic. I will also be meeting with the Hawaiian Railway Society and area residents to discuss this possible option.

As a reminder, Opening Day is on 1/21/15. The public is invited to observe and visit legislators’ offices. My office will be serving light refreshments. Check my blog for Opening Day updates, at

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns, at 586-7793. Have a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, and best wishes to you in 2015!