Kokua Line
June Watanabe

Temporary traffic sign
is finally gone

Question: Why is the traffic light at Dillingham Boulevard and the Costco access road still not allowing left turns from Dillingham while the access road has the green? The access road is only allowed to turn right, although I do see left turns occasionally in violation of the big right-turn-only sign. I believe you have addressed this matter before, saying left turns to Dillingham would be allowed. That was months ago. If the pedestrian crosswalk were moved to the other side, then Dillingham traffic would be even smoother.

Answer: We quoted a city transportation official, on May 12, as saying that the sign posted on the access road, showing a right-turn-only arrow, was supposed to be temporary and would be removed within a week.

For some reason the sign was not taken down. But after we asked about it again, it was removed this week.

Vehicles exiting the access road on a green light are allowed to turn either right or left. That would then make it obvious why cars, wanting to turn left from Dillingham onto the access road, cannot turn left during that traffic light cycle.

Q: I recall a "Kokua Line" item a few months ago that stated Pali Highway was to be repaved in April. What happened?

A: The repaving of Kalanianaole Highway, where Pali Highway ends, from Castle Junction to Castle Medical Center is now not expected to start until June.

The delay was caused because of "some slight changes to the design plan that will allow us to do further work to the road foundation," said Scott Ishikawa, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

"We're hoping with this additional foundation work, the road surface will have a longer shelf life for drivers," he said.

The department is waiting for the contractor's work schedule, which will be submitted to the Department of Health. Health officials must approve permits for a "best management practices" plan for the project, for such issues as traffic control, noise levels and preventing the discharge of chemicals down storm drains.

Work would begin shortly after the plans are approved, Ishikawa said.

Q: When will the Department of Transportation repave Kamehameha Highway between Pearl City and Aiea?

A: That job is not penciled in for a specific date, but it definitely won't be taking place this year.

"We're going to avoid repaving it this year because we are already widening the nearby H-1 freeway along Aiea/Pearl City at night," said transportation spokesman Ishikawa. "Shutting down lanes on both major roadways would not be good for the Central/Leeward Oahu residents trying to get home."

Meanwhile, the department is revamping its repaving schedule.

"We're trying to find a way to move (the Kamehameha repaving) up to some time next year, along with some other state roads that need work," Ishikawa said.


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