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City warns of Waialae lane closure to do bike study

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 11:36 a.m. HST, Sep 21, 2011



The city is warning drivers of a lane closure on Waialae Avenue between Old Waialae Road and 11th Avenue through Thursday.

The closure is part of a traffic study to determine whether one lane on Waialae can be replaced with a bicycle lane. Engineers closed one lane Tuesday. 

Wayne Yoshioka, director of the city Department of Transportation Services, said the lane closure created some initial confusion, which is expected to subside as the three-day closure continues. 

The regular Koko Head-bound contraflow of traffic during the afternoon rush hour will not occur during the closure.

 






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Willieboy wrote:
remember now...if you avoid the area and the traffic looks good during this study period the bike lane will become permanent and you will forever have to avoid the area..... so if you're against the bike lane you gotta stick it out, drive thru the area and create some traffic!
on September 21,2011 | 02:41PM
mrluke wrote:
Another great idea from the geniuses at City Hall. This is a busy business district with heavy traffic and scant parking as it is. How about some thought going towards the retailers and their customers?
on September 21,2011 | 03:07PM
mrluke wrote:
Another great idea from the geniuses at City Hall. This is a busy business district with heavy traffic and scant parking as it is. How about some thought going towards the retailers and their customers?
on September 21,2011 | 03:07PM
kaleo_1 wrote:
This is such a stupid idea. If you live in Kaimuki and drive thru town especially on the weekends the traffic is heavy already. Imagine lanes being reduced so a few bikers can sail down Waialae Avenue as the training continues for the next race! During the week day, there are major schools along the way - St. Louis, Sacred Hearts, St. Patrick and Aliiolani Elementary. The left turn into St. Lous already creates a back log which is only relieved in the afternoon by the contra flow lane. Who exactly is responsible for this decision? We want accountability!
on September 21,2011 | 04:15PM
kaleo_1 wrote:
This is such a ridiculous proposal that it wouldn't be surprising if it goes through! Anyone who lives in Kaimuki knows that Waialae Ave. is the major road that carries people to go shopping, etc. It is already a heavily traveled road that to add to this by cutting back two lanes to install a bike lane is ludicrous This bike lane would be utilized "heavily' by bikers training for the next race, or cruising the island, but what about those of us that use Waialae to get our families to our destination? We can't put the kids on a bike and drive them to school, practice, etc. And what about those of us who don't even know how to ride a bike? If this idea goes through i would like to know who is responsible. We deserve to demand accountability.
on September 21,2011 | 04:24PM
ashwee wrote:
A bike lane in Kaimuki? Seriously? This brainiac must never have driven on Waialae. Cars zoom up and down, with disregard to people making left turns, pedestrians have to be careful or drivers trying to hurry up to make their lights, the turn signal on 16th Ave doesn't work at its optimal performance, there is not left turn light for those coming out of Palolo on 10th Ave., the road infront of Times, Sacred Hearts, and St. Particks is in dire need of repair, and these bozos want to add a bike lane? Why dont they finish the Harding Ave. project first and reevaluate later.
on September 22,2011 | 02:06PM
ashwee wrote:
Forgot to mention the severe lack of parking for business' employees where poor residents have to fight for parking. Also, doesnt the 6 or more empty stores say something?
on September 22,2011 | 02:15PM
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