Question: I just learned that the city Department of Transportation Services is planning to put in a traffic light at the intersection of Dole Street and St. Louis Drive. Who and when did the department decide this when the residents of St. Louis Heights, who are most affected, oppose this? How and who can we contact to change this?
Answer: You can make your concerns known at tonight’s meeting of the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Neighborhood Board, when city transportation officials will discuss the traffic signal project
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Ala Wai Club House, 404 Kapahulu Ave.
However, the project is on the verge of going out for bids.
A traffic signal at the intersection of Dole and St. Louis was first requested in 2003, noted Wayne Yoshioka, director of transportation services.
In fact, in the April 7, 2003, Kokua Line, a reader asked how to go about requesting a stoplight at that intersection "to slow down drivers coming down the steep hills of St. Louis Drive and allow those coming and going into Dole Street and Kaminaka Drive enough time to see what’s coming down from St. Louis Drive."
At that time, Transportation Services officials said they would conduct an investigation to see whether a traffic light was warranted there.
"DTS did an evaluation, which determined that a signal was warranted," Yoshioka told us yesterday.
He said the neighborhood board was informed of that determination. That spurred opposition and resulted in community meetings attended by DTS, he said.
"According to our files, it was finally concluded that the traffic signal would be implemented" and key community members, including the neighborhood board, Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi and state Rep. Calvin Say, were notified in writing, Yoshioka said.
Although the project was placed on the implementation list, he said it had a "fairly low priority, (so) it took awhile to work its way up the list."
It is now in the implementation phase, part of a package of traffic signals scheduled to be put out to bid for installation.
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