Waianae Coast Emergency Access Road (WCEAR) Update

   
Mahalo nui loa to HPD for attending the potential WCEAR extension tour on 02/26/16.  L-R: Sgt. Allen, Sen. Shimabukuro, Lieutenant Chan, and Sgt. Lin.

 
WCEAR potential extension tour 02/26/16. L-R: Curtis Tsuzaki, Sara Perry, Curtis Kropar, Sen. Shimabukuro, Richard Landford, Rachel Conner, Charmaine Naone, DeMont Conner, Jeffrey Fujimoto (DHHL engineer)

 
 Charmaine Naone, Sen. Shimabukuro, Jeffrey Fujimoto (DHHL Engineer), and Momi Conner examining maps of the Nanakuli Homesteads.
The potential WCEAR extension is an on-going proposal being worked on by elected officials, the City, DHHL, HPD, area residents, and others. Currently, routes between Helelua St. and the Nanakuli Homestead, as well as between Nanakuli Ave. and Piliokahi Ave., are the next two pieces that would give the largest impact. We are working to find the best solution, and the public is invited to attend meetings hosted by the Ahupua`a o Nanakuli Homestead group regarding this subject. The meetings occur every 2nd Monday at 7pm at Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao public charter school cafeteria.
Here is a link to more information about WCEAR: http://www.oahumpo.org/…/Waianae-Emergency-Access-Road-EA-2…

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2 Responses

  1. The contra flow lane may help incoming traffic a little. There will still be bottleneck merging which may make things worse. The outgoing traffic will GREATLY be affected. It’s hard enough for drivers to cross 2 lanes of afternoon traffic to make a left turn. If cars are stopped to make a left turn and stopped in the ONLY outgoing lane, I don’t see how this will work. I also agree with the comment of opening up the access roads at all times for residents to access their homes easily and faster, not just during an “emergency.” It would be a good number of cars off Farrington highway if they are always accessible. It’s hard enough to get them open during and emergency! Most times it takes hours to even get them open. By that time, accidents are usually cleared and traffic is just majorly back logged.

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    • Response from Senator Maile Shimabukuro (3/8/16, 9:11am):

      Mahalo, NM, for your valuable feedback. Click here for more information about the contraflow project and how DOT intends to coordinate traffic. It’s a plan that would give the largest impact.

      Also, the public is invited to attend meetings hosted by the Ahupua`a o Nanakuli Homestead group regarding the Waianae Coast Emergency Access Rd (WCEAR). The next meeting is on 03/14/16. The meetings occur every 2nd Monday at 7pm at Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao public charter school cafeteria.

      Further, Peter Hirai, the Deputy Director of the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) will present a 20 minute update on the WCEAR to the Waianae Neighborhood Board on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00pm at Waianae District Park. DOT will also be presenting regarding the contra flow project in Nanakuli at that same meeting.

      Aloha ,
      Senator Maile Shimabukuro
      District 21

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