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Traffic safety event coming to Piikoi and Lunalilo streets

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 09:35 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2013

Motorists driving through or by the intersection of Piikoi and Lunalilo streets will encounter a traffic safety event from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Staged by the Honolulu Police Department Community Policing District 1, community groups and employees of Farmers Insurance Hawaii, the event is intended to highlight the congestion that regularly occurs at the intersection as drivers block the intersection and cause traffic back-ups and delays.

Drivers blocking the intersection cause congestion for several blocks down Piikoi and surrounding cross-streets, officials say.

The event is intended to remind drivers about pedestrian safety and to not block the intersection, organizers said, in an announcement.

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
The failure is the design of the road system that dumps all of the mauka-bound Kaka'ako traffic through this insane intersection. Adding a "safety event" will only slow things more. It's hard to understand why there is no direct freeway - Waikiki access, why there is no direct freeway - Ala Moana access and why the densest populated area of Oahu has the fewest freeway on and off ramps per capita.
on June 25,2013 | 10:39AM
primo1 wrote:
That's Hawaiian-style urban planning for you...
on June 25,2013 | 12:22PM
st1d wrote:
please keep the sign holders away from the curb and well away from traffic flow.

it's dangerous enough there as it is. much too easy for sign wavers to be too enthusiastic and jump in the way of moving vehicles.

on June 25,2013 | 10:59AM
chryw8 wrote:
imo, the problem is the red light runners coming from piikoi, trying to make that left into the on-ramp lane on lunalilo--they block drivers on lunalio who want to go left on pensacola and those who want to get on the freeway. let us not forget to mention those trying to get to the on-ramp from the far right lunalilo lane, after the pensacola/lunalio intersection. it's not only the number of vehicles, but the behavior of the drivers of said vehicles that is to blame. to that end, why not just assign a few officers with ticket pads in hand; process the offenders further down lunalilo, just ewa of the on-ramp. all you'd need is 1-2 officers at piikoi/lunalio to notify the offenders of the offense and to direct them to another 2-3 officers waiting further down lunalio, who write up the tickets. offenders can get back on the h1 via punchbowl/pali hwy or school st on-ramps.
on June 25,2013 | 12:21PM
kaizuhboy wrote:
Just reverse the traffic flow of Pi'ikoi & Pensacola streets. Get the off ramp traffic off the freeway as soon as possible by allowing a left turn down Pi'ikoi.. Let the overflow back up on Pensacola makai of Lunalilo. Probably should have to lanes to get onto H-1 from Pensacola. The only thing left to do is what becomes of that stretch of Lunalilo between Pi'ikoi & Pensacola.
on June 25,2013 | 04:58PM
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