The city plans to begin construction to add bike lanes to Hamakua Drive in Kailua starting Monday.
The Hamakua Drive Bikeway Improvements Project will include reconfigured roadway striping to reduce the number of travel lanes, add a center turn lane and install the bike lanes.
Work hours are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to reconfigure roadway striping on Hamakua Drive. Work is expected to be done by the end of June.
“Kailua is one of our legacy neighborhoods and we need to do our best to maintain the ‘small town’ feel that it’s known for,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell in a news release. “Our Complete Streets program helps calm traffic without sacrificing travel times and the new bike lanes on Hamakua Drive will help improve safety for bicyclists of all ages.”
In addition to temporary lane closures and on-street parking restrictions, “No Parking Tow Away” signs will be posted 24 hours in advance of any work. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense and motorists are advised to allow for extra travel time and obey all traffic controls, posted signs and special duty police officers.
New parking spaces will be added near Aoloa Road to mitigate the loss of parking near Kailua Road.
Rep Chris Lee, who was hit by a car while riding a bike in Kailua as an eighth grader and first approached the city about the idea, said safety projects like this “will better protect our kids and prevent dangerous accidents which still occur in Kailua far too often.”
Road and Highway Builders LLC is coordinating local traffic during project and can be reached at 691-9401 with any questions or concerns.