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Barriers go up at Laniakea, creating traffic problems

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:35 p.m. HST, Dec 23, 2013

The state Department of Transportation began putting up large concrete barriers to block vehicles from parking at Laniakea -- one of the North Shore's most popular beaches.

The work to erect the barriers backed up North Shore traffic, occasionally reducing road access to one lane.

The constant stream of pedestrians crossing the roadway at Laniakea creates safety hazards and slows traffic for miles in both directions on Kamehameha Highway -- a situation that North Shore drivers say has grown intolerable in recent years. An estimated 600,000 people visit the beach each year. Most are tourists who come to marvel at the sea turtles who swim ashore,

DOT officials hope the barriers, placed along a 1,000-foot beachfront stretch just mauka of the highway, will fix those problems. However, the idea has been met for months by widespread community opposition.  North Shore residents and community groups say the region deserves a better, more practical solution that doesn't make it so difficult for the public to access the beach.

DOT describes the barriers as "short-term" and "temporary" -- but officials there acknowledge they could stay up for years if they prove effective.

A community group dubbed the "Save Laniakea Coalition" is moving forward with plans to sue to remove the barriers, Honolulu-based attorney Bill Saunders said today.

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iwanaknow wrote:
BIG mistake.........................time will tell.
on December 23,2013 | 04:48PM
Kuokoa wrote:
What bugs me about this issue and situation is that there is a restriction that no one is to get within 150 feet of a green sea turtle. That is more than 1/3 of a football field! Just standing on the shoulder of the highway puts anyone with in that restricted area. So the solution is really to restrict EVERYONE form the area and maybe allow restricted parking for surfers by permit only.
on December 23,2013 | 05:26PM
SueH wrote:
The 150 ft. restriction to which you refer applies to MONK SEALS because they are listed as an endangered species, can move faster than a turtle, and bite. Turtles are listed as threatened (not as critical as endangered) and need only be given a 6 ft. radius of space. The State and Federal laws enacted in 1978 that give turtles protected status only state it is illegal to HARASS turtles, which leaves specific actions taken by individuals up to the judicial system to interpret when cases are presented for legal action.
on December 23,2013 | 06:08PM
Willieboy wrote:
not going help....tourist still going slow down for check out da ocean....its da first spot on the north shore they can see the water [after coming from the bypass anyway]. it's a lose lose situation!
on December 23,2013 | 05:29PM
SandBar wrote:
There's still be traffic because now I have to stop on the side to drop off the family. To pick them up I have to stop on the side of the road again for them to get back in.
on December 23,2013 | 05:38PM
Mythman wrote:
It's the best of all worlds on the north shore - save this against save that, all the same people in both groups. They need to set up their own little mini kingdom. Maybe they can get some grants to pay themselves with while they organize so they can control everything the way they want it.
on December 23,2013 | 06:01PM
localguy wrote:
Our elected bureaucrats and our DoT doing what they do best, basically nothing. Rather than do the work they were elected for, they consistently kick the can down the road, afraid to do any hard work, knowing they haven't got what it takes. Placing the concrete barriers shows just how backwards the Nei is. No real planning here, just slop jobs. Their standard.
on December 23,2013 | 06:13PM
SteveToo wrote:
B-O-Z-O's. Where the surfer's gonna park now??/ D-U-M-B. I use to surf there all the time back in the mid 1960's.
on December 23,2013 | 06:37PM
inverse wrote:
How about about an under road pedestrian walkway? Cannot be that complicated or expensive and would eliminate the need for pedestrians to jaywalk across the highway. Anyone not not using the under road walkway gets ticketed and have to pay a $50 fine to help pay for the under road walkway
on December 23,2013 | 06:47PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
there already is one at the beginning of the beach
on December 23,2013 | 08:17PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
inverse. a walkway under the road? I'd guess it'd cost over $100K to build, that much or more to maintain it in the future. JMO, a crosswalk with light signal would be cheaper to build and maintain.
on December 24,2013 | 09:51AM
inverse wrote:
A crosswalk would greatly slow traffic flow in the area AND give pedestrians a false sense of security.
on December 24,2013 | 04:54PM
theload wrote:
DOT is a complete joke! Try and solve one problem by creating another. Traffic was horrendous today.
on December 23,2013 | 07:55PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Have they considered building a parking lot and installing a crosswalk? If that many tourists go there daily it makes sense to accommodate them, not block their access to the beach. What a *ssbackward approach to stop people from crossing the street. Maybe they take their money somewhere else where it's welcomed. Abercrombie and his minions are incompetent beyond belief, whether it's the DOT or DHHL or DLNR or DOE or UH or DOH, it's just one scandal after another almost daily with state agencies. It's ALL Abercrombie's fault for putting incompetent people at the helm of these agencies.
on December 23,2013 | 07:56PM
natesea wrote:
Install a pedestrian crosswalk with a stop light.
on December 23,2013 | 08:08PM
Skyler wrote:
Agreed. My suggestion was met with silence, however. What a bunch of do-nothings these guys are. DOT says they're temporary; officials say otherwise.
on December 23,2013 | 11:59PM
kekahahi wrote:
wow not too long ago, it was just a typical surf spot, with lotsa parking for just the surfers, at all times of the day.
on December 23,2013 | 09:21PM
Lowcal_Boy wrote:
Wait until all the tourists and surfers realize there are public right-of-ways in the Papailoa community just Haleiwa side of Laniakea. Cars will be parking and jamming Papailoa and/or cars will be parked all along Kam Hwy before the barriers, with people walking through Papailoa to the beach... or just walking along Kam Hwy and causing just as much traffic. If not from the Haleiwa side then the Chun's Reef side... DOT's answer will be to barricade all of Kam Hwy... as a temporary measure.
on December 23,2013 | 09:38PM
Jerry_D wrote:
No hope for the North Shore...traffic will ALWAYS suck and there really isn't much that can be done about it. You've got some of the world's most popular beaches and several local communities connected to the rest of the world by nothing more than a bottlenecked two-lane residential road. Good luck with that!
on December 23,2013 | 10:51PM
SomebodyElse wrote:
Police officer regulating traffic, pedestrian and vehicular, until they get a permanent solution.
on December 23,2013 | 11:21PM
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