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Monday, July 3, 2000

Palolo residents
seek relief from
speeders on 3 streets


By Harold Morse


In Palolo, 9th, 10th and Palolo avenues are speed-prone.

They all have a downhill run, which adds to the probability that motorists tend to go faster at the risk of safety.

Palolo residents want traffic calming devices to slow traffic at three points on 10th Avenue and one each on 9th and Palolo avenues.

The purpose of traffic calming is to slow motorists to appropriate speeds but not to stop them. It is said traffic-calming devices actually allow more traffic to pass through an intersection each hour than stop signs would allow.

About 25 people took part in a meeting at Palolo Elementary School last week to set priorities for slowing traffic in the valley.

The 10th Avenue preferences are at its intersections with Hinahina Street, Paalea Street and Kiwila Street. A roundabout is called for at Hinahina, bulb-outs or curb extensions to narrow traffic lanes at Paalea and both bulb-outs and a median to narrow the lanes at Kiwila, the most heavily traveled cross-street through the valley.

Palolo Elementary School is at 10th and Kiwila. Residents sought to slow traffic near the school and allow better access for children to cross the street with an angled crosswalk, which requires pedestrians to face oncoming traffic.

Mini-circles are called for at Palolo Avenue and Kalua Street and New Jersey Avenue, also at Kaau Street and 9th Avenue, to slow traffic flow at those locations. Palolo and Kalua also would have a median island and angled crosswalk.

Roundabouts and mini-circles deflect traffic around a center island and slow the speed of traffic both by the actual deflection and because the center island creates a terminating vista for the driver. If motorists cannot see clearly around an object, they are likely to slow down, and statistics show streets with roundabouts are 50 percent safer for pedestrians than streets without roundabouts.

Two main traffic arteries -- 10th Avenue and Palolo Avenue -- are each 40 feet wide on a 66-foot right-of-way, traits that encourage speeding. Studies show if motorists can see a long way ahead, they are encouraged to speed. But traffic calming, through such means as narrowing a street, makes a difference and helps slow traffic.


Planned this week throughout Oahu:


Ewa Beach
Old Fort Weaver and North roads; Fort Weaver Road from Farrington Highway to Hanakahi Street; Farrington Highway from Piliokoe Bridge to Kahe Power Plant in the vicinity of Tracks Beach Park; and Fort Weaver Road at Renton Road and near Kahua Ranch Nursery.

H-1 from Palehua Separation to Waikele Bridge.

Mynah Street and Place; Monilial Place; and Heleuma, Okokomo and Okohola streets.

Hakalina Road from Pahihi to Puhawai roads.


Vicinity of Kunia Interchange to Waikele Stream Bridge; H-1 Freeway in the vicinity of Kunia Interchange; and Kunia Road from Anonui Street to South Kupuna Loop.

Haiku Valley Bridge Tunnel.

Intersection of Wilikina Drive and Kamananui Road; and Ilima Street.

Farrington Highway, Leoole to Awanui streets; and Paiwa to Leoku streets.

Lanikuhana Avenue.

Intersection of Waipahu and Awamoi streets; Lumiaina Street from the Board of Water Supply Waipahu Wells II facility on Kukula Street to its facility on Lumiaina Street; Kahuanui Street between Kahuanani and Kahuahale streets; Kahuanani Street between Kahuanui and Kahu streets; Kahuanui Street from Paiwa to Kahuanani streets; Waipahu Depot Road from Haakoa Place to the Waipahu Incinerator; Pupuole Place; and Awaia, Awanei, Awanui, Paiwa and Pupuole streets.

Moanalua Road from Punanani Channel to Pali Momi Street; Kaonohi Street between Alania and Kahapili streets; Kahapili Street between Kaonohi and Kaonohi streets; Maohu Place; and Akaaka, Ilee, Kulawai, Neki, Ulune and Kaamilo streets.

Pearl City
Kamehameha Highway from Acacia Road to Honomanu Street; and Spine Road.


Foster Village
Halupa Street from Haloa Drive to Punihi Street.

Pearl Harbor
Vicinity of Arizona Memorial.

Skyline Drive; Ashford, Lima, Kamalii and Hillcrest streets; and Gulick Avenue.

Keawe Street on Ala Moana, South and Queen streets, and Nimitz Highway and River Street to end at Hotel Street; and Rycroft Street from Birch to Piikoi streets.

Kapiolani Interchange; Kapiolani Boulevard between Old Waialae Road and King Street; S. King Street at the Kapiolani Intersection; and Harding and First avenues to Kapiolani Boulevard.

Date Street between Isenberg Street and University Avenue.

H-1 from vicinity of Punchbowl Offramp to Kapiolani Interchange; Bingham from Punahou to Isenberg streets; and Lunalilo Street from Liholiho to Kaihee and Ernest to Pensacola streets.

Old Waialae Interchange to Ainakoa Avenue; and Aha Nui Place.

Narcissus Place.

Ala Wai Boulevard between Ala Moana and Kalakaua Avenue; and Kalakaua Avenue from Kaiulani to Kapahulu avenues.

Wilhelmina Rise
Maunahilu, Pakolu and Pili places; and Paula Drive between Maunahilu Place and Iwi Way.


Kahekili, Kamehameha and Likelike highways from Waihee Road to Kaneohe Bay Drive; Lihika and Laenani drives and the section of Kamehameha Highway connecting the two streets; Mapele Place and Road; Ahilani, Ahuimanu and Pulama roads; and 45-637 Uhilehua Streets.

Ahuimanu Road; and Kialua, Hoopai and Poomau streets.

Keala, Kawaipapa and Puuowaa roads; Waikulama Street; and Kamehameha Highway from Pipilani to Kaupau places.

Halekou to Kaneohe Marine Corps Base interchanges; Kalaheo Avenue between Wilikoki and Kaiholu places; Aumoe Street; and Mokapu Saddle Road at Kaneohe Bay Drive.

Kumuhau Street from Waikupanaha to Mahailua streets; Waipahu Street from Amokii Street to Waikele Road; and Humuniki Street.


Niu Valley
Paiko Drive; and Niuiki Circle.

Kuliouou Road; Keoki, Pahukula and Wakine places; and Kaimoku Place and Way.

Kalanianaole Highway from Makapuu Lookout to Kealahou Street.


Hawaii Kai to Foster Village
Various streets will be resurfaced, starting in Hawaii Kai and moving to Foster Village through October.

Kailua Independence Day Celebration
Parade, 10 a.m. tomorrow from Kainalu Drive and Omao Street to Kailua Intermediate School via Kainalu Drive. Beginning at 6:30 a.m. no parking will be allowed on Kainalu Drive between Kainui Drive and Kailua Road, and on Kuulei Road between Maluniu and Kalaheo avenues. At 9 a.m. Uilama, Pukua, Omao and Ainoni streets will be closed. Also Kaha Street between Kainalu Drive and Kaiholu Street, and Kalama Street between Kainalu Drive and Maluniu Street.
Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. off Lanikai. Street parking in Lanikai and the nearby areas will be strictly controlled. There will be several no parking and tow away zones in effect from 5 p.m.

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