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H-1 and H-2 freeway lights to be fixed by February

By Gene Park

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The questions just keep coming in. Remember, if you have a traffic-related quandary, send it my way and I’ll see if I can find an answer for you.

Question: What is the state doing about darkened stretches of the freeways?

Answer: Thanks to copper thieves, the lights have been out at parts of the H-1 and H-2 freeways.

But the state Department of Transportation is working on turning them back on. Replacing copper wiring for the lights along the H-1 freeway between the Makakilo and Kunia interchanges will cost about $815,000.

Turning the lights on at the H-2 freeway from the Waiawa to Leilehua interchanges will cost about $2.4 million. Both projects are undergoing environmental best-management-practice reports to be submitted to the state Department of Health for review.

Both projects could begin in November and should be completed by February. Paul’s Electrical Contracting Inc. is the contractor for both projects.

Q: There is a two-way street where both lanes in either direction are quite wide (two cars could fit side by side) and there are no lane divider markings on either side. If a car wants to turn left, is it legal for cars behind it to go around it? Or must cars wait behind that car in order to proceed?

A: According to state law, you can only overtake and pass on the right of another vehicle on a two-way street or highway with lanes marked for two or more lines of vehicles in that direction.

Honolulu police Maj. Kurt Kendro says the intersection of Ward Avenue and Hotel Street is a good example, where Hotel Street is wide enough for two cars.

Drivers who want to turn right onto Ward will often pass a vehicle trying to turn left onto Ward.

“There have been occasions in which the driver who was waiting to turn left changes his or her mind and turns right, colliding with the vehicle that is waiting to turn right,” Kendro said. “In this case the vehicle that pulls alongside the right of the vehicle would be in violation and be at fault in a crash.”

Interesting to know! I’d also like to add that state law says on one-way streets you may pass as long as the roadway is free from obstructions and that it is wide enough for two or more lines of vehicles. But don’t do that on two-way streets without lane dividers.

Q: Is it illegal to park on the sidewalk in a residential district? If it is illegal, why is the law not enforced?

A: City ordinances do not allow parking on any sidewalk. Honolulu police say the law is regularly enforced by officers.

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Reach Gene Park at gpark@staradvertiser.com, or Twitter as@GenePark.






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Publicbraddah wrote:
Q: Is it illegal to park on the sidewalk in a residential district? If it is illegal, why is the law not enforced? The public has to get more involved since HPD cannot be everywhere. Call HPD and let them know. We expect officers to be everywhere but that's impossible so GET INVOLVED!
on August 26,2011 | 06:35AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Question: What is the state doing about darkened stretches of the freeways? Are the replaced wires also copper? If so, what is being done to prevent thieves from going back and stealing it again? We need monitored cameras or something to prevent this from happening again and putting low lifes back in jail.
on August 26,2011 | 06:37AM
soundofreason wrote:
"But the state Department of Transportation is working on turning them back on. Replacing copper wiring for the lights along the H-1 freeway between the Makakilo and Kunia interchanges will cost about $815,000." -----------------------Being paid for by the thieves....right? Right? RIGHT?
on August 26,2011 | 06:50AM
Sunny wrote:
The thieves paying for this??? WE ARE! and they're licking their chops to get the new copper wire after it's installed!
on August 26,2011 | 08:23AM
hokumakakilo wrote:
Unless they can guarantee no more thefts will occur, I am against replacing the wiring with copper. What steps are being taken to prevent future thefts? Unless they do something, we are throwing away $815,000! The H1 and H2 have been dark for most of the time since they were built and I see lights as "nice to have" but not required. I hope we are not wasting money and sitting in construction traffic just to have it ripped out again!
on August 26,2011 | 09:05AM
Wazdat wrote:
At first I was pissed the lights were out but now I see how much light pollution Oahu has. We DON'T need all these light poles, look around we have way to many light poles for such a small island. Talk about a waste of energy, Take down the light poles and save a TON of MONEY...
on August 26,2011 | 03:40PM
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