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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2006
MAJOR ROADWORK SLATED
FOR PEARLRIDGE AREA
The mayor said, “I’ve known since serving as district Councilman [1995-2000] that there were major problems at that location, which the City had to resolve. We’re now making improvements to ease the flow of traffic in this increasingly congested intersection that serves two popular spots in the Leeward area,
Construction is expected to commence on July 24 and to be completed before the holiday season. The improvements include:
· adding another left-turn lane from
· decreasing the makai-bound through lanes from two to one on
· adding a dedicated right-turn lane on
· constructing a raised median and four-foot-high chain link fence on
· modifying traffic signals and adding emergency vehicle preemption detectors;
· extending the no-parking zone on both sides of
· eliminating parking in the town-bound direction of Moanalua Road, from Kaonohi Street to Ualo Street, accounting for about 19 spaces; and
· extending the no-parking zone along the ewa side of
Melvin Kaku, director of the Department of Transportation Services, said, “The changes to the Moanalua-Kaonohi intersection will streamline the flow of vehicles by increasing left-turn storage capacity and providing dedicated right-turn capability.
“But while we want to reduce congestion, we also want to improve traffic safety. We’ll achieve this goal by erecting a raised median and fence to discourage jaywalkers from crossing a heavily traveled street to go between Pearlridge and the Kam Swap Meet, decreasing the number of illegal U-turns on Kaonohi at Ualo Place, and preventing illegal left turns from the mauka-most Pearlridge Center exit on Kaonohi and from Kaonohi into the same Pearlridge entrance.”
The cost of the project is $414,763. Design consultant is Fukunaga & Associates, Inc.
Standard Electric is the contractor.
Michael Oshiro, Department of Transportation Services, 527-5031
Mark Kikuchi, Department of Transportation Services, 527-5026
|Monday, July 17, 2006|