Contraflow & Other Traffic Updates

On 09/12/16, the Department of Transportation (DOT) shared some good news for eastbound afternoon drivers at the Ahupua`a o Nanakuli Homestead meeting. The eastbound contraflow lane closure is temporary and will most likely end in late 2017. By that time, a 1.2 mile continuous 5th lane should be complete in Nanakuli, which will serve as a turning lane in the morning. My hope is to secure funding to turn the 5th lane into a contraflow lane in the afternoon. This will hopefully help to alleviate both eastbound and westbound traffic during peak hours.
Some other traffic solutions that DOT is working on include: 

– Feasibility study to extend the 5th lane to Hakimo Road

– $12m to resurface Farrington Highway along the entire stretch of the Waianae Coast

– Traffic cameras at the Nanakuli Ave. and Haleakala Ave. stoplights, which will allow DOT to remotely control these lights, as well as allow drivers to view these intersections online

– High-tech infrared sensors at key intersections in Nanakuli

– Makakilo interchange improvement project

– LED lighting along Farrington Hwy

– Zipper Lane: added lane and extended hours

– Kualaka`i to Kunia shoulder lane

– Tow truck service on Farrington Hwy

Contact me with your concerns at 586-7793. 

Sen. Shimabukuro explained that one more permanent potential solution is to turn the fifth turning lane into a contraflow lane. This would make it three lanes westbound and two eastbound in the afternoon.
 DOT Highways Division Deputy Director Edwin Sniffen addressed the community on 09/12/16.
For more information, contact:

Senator Maile Shimabukuro 
District 21 

(Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko Olina, Nanakuli, Ma`ili, Wai`anae, Makaha, Makua)  

State Capitol, Room 222

415 South Beretania Street

Honolulu, HI 96813 

808-586-7793 phone 

808-586-7797 facsimile

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Twitter: @SenMaile 


One Response

  1. Why didn’t the DOT just have someone monitor the lights at Haleakala Ave. Helelua and Nanakuli Ave during peak traffic hours 3pm-6pm so they could just modify it by having those streets wait for about 2 or 3 minutes until the light changes instead of as soon as a car approaches the stop lights ? I think that would solve the problem, or most of it. Instead they went straight to the contraflow without even trying the lights first ? I bet it cost way more for this temp contraflow then to pay a traffic light engineer to figure out the best waiting time with those lights ?????


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