Since last year’s announcement of the proposed addition of 500 new units at the Moanalua Hillside Apartment complex on Ala Kapuna Street, area legislators Ichiyama, Johanson, Kim and I have pursued a variety of traffic solutions to address congestion in the Moanalua-Red Hill, Salt Lake and adjacent Fort Shafter/Kalihi region.
I introduced Bill 11 (2016) and REsolution 16-37 two weeks ago to address complaints about existing congestion that affects Moanalua Gardens, Moanalua Valley andAla Kapuna-Red Hill residents.
For example, in the Moanalua Gardens area, residents along Apona Street cannot leave their homes during morning rush-hour traffic on the H-1 Freeway and Moanalua Road because of long lines of traffic on Apona Street. This traffic gridlock results from motorists driving to/from Tripler Army Hospital who use Apona Street to escape the congestion on H-1 Freeway, Moanalua Road, and Jarrett White Road. Although left-turns from Jarrett White Road into Apona Street are prohibited by City Ordinance, HPD has not been able to curb the illegal behavior. Residents Scott and Wendy Jamesare circulating a petition among their neighbors and Moanalua Gardens residents to obtain relief from this ongoing traffic nightmare.