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            Mayor Mufi Hannemann presided over the activation of two new traffic signals in Aiea today, and will oversee the activation of an additional signal in Kaimuki tomorrow. He also announced that the City’s Traffic Management Center will extend the daily hours it is available to news reporters.


            “These new traffic signals and similar City improvements are meant to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and others,” Mayor Hannemann said during today’s annual Beat the School Jam news conference. “I urge everyone to drive carefully and to watch for people crossing streets, especially children and the elderly.”


            The signals activated today are on Ulune Street at the intersections of Kaimakani Street and Aliipoe Drive, near Webling Elementary School in Aiea.


The signal to be activated at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 19) is at the corner of Kilauea and 18th avenues in Kaimuki. This intersection is heavily used by motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and is near Kaimuki Intermediate School and Kapiolani Community College.


The Traffic Management Center will be available to reporters on weekday mornings until 8:30 a.m., a half hour longer than before. The Center will also be available afternoons from 3:00 p.m., a half-hour earlier than before.


“We’re extending the time available to the news media because effective communication with the public is vital to smart traffic management,” Mayor Hannemann said.


He urged commuters to consider riding TheBus and TheBoat, important public transportation alternatives to private vehicles that clog Oahu’s streets and highways. 


Contact: Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Monday, August 18, 2008

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