KHON2: Contraflow Stymied by Illegal Left Turns 8/11/16


Clips from Alex Cerball’s “State Outlines Solutions, Tips to Ease Town-bound Gridlock During Nanakuli Contraflow,” KHON2, 8/11/16. Watch the full video and read the story on the KHON2 site.

Cervall: The state Department of Transportation says drivers were making illegal left turns on Helelua Street, Haleakala and Nanakuli avenues, which created a backup because they were trying to cross three lanes or use Kalanianaole Beach Park to make a turn. “Instead, go just one short block further west, town-bound, to Laumania, Pohakunui, Piliokahi, and do a circle to turn around instead of making left turn,” explained DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara. “Just make a circle, come back around, then make right on whichever street they want to go on.”

Cerball: The state Department of Transportation says drivers were making illegal left turns on Helelua Street, Haleakala and Nanakuli avenues, which created a backup because they were trying to cross three lanes or use Kalanianaole Beach Park to make a turn. “Instead, go just one short block … town-bound, to Laumania, Pohakunui, Piliokahi, and do a circle to turn around instead of making left turn,” explained DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara. “Just make a circle, come back around, then make right on whichever street they want to go on.”

Cervall: State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro said her commute from Waianae to Nanakuli is typically 15 minutes in the evening, but on Wednesday, it took nearly an hour. “It was bad, you know, the traffic, it was very, very slow, very backed up leaving Waianae,” she said. However, she added, “despite the difficulty of leaving Waianae yesterday, I really think overall its a good thing because for those coming home, on the westbound side, because that’s the bulk of traffic in the afternoon, people coming back to Waianae, for those people it really did help.”

Cerball: State Sen. Maile Shimabukuro said her commute from Waianae to Nanakuli is typically 15 minutes in the evening, but on Wednesday, it took nearly an hour. “It was bad, you know, the traffic, it was very, very slow, very backed up leaving Waianae,” she said. However, she added, “Despite the difficulty of leaving Waianae yesterday, I really think overall its a good thing because for those coming home, on the westbound side, because that’s the bulk of traffic in the afternoon, people coming back to Waianae, for those people it really did help.”

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