Last fall, area legislators Kim, Ichiyama, Johanson and I pushed for greater
cooperation and coordination between City Department of Transportation Services
(DTS) and State Department of Transportation (DOT) to address increased traffi c
congestion that affects residents and motorists between Fort Shafter, Moanalua-Red
Hill, Salt Lake and the Aiea/Halawa Interchange areas.These actions followed the release of the American Highway Users Alliance study, which found that one of the worst bottleneck spots in Hawaii was on the H-1 Freeway, between Ala Kapuna Street-Halawa Interchange 1D exit and at the H-3 Kaneohe exit. These two segments collectively resulted in 685,360 hours of annual delays on the freeways.
To increase public awareness of the need to address these conditions, I introduced two measures that propose a short-term moratorium on new construction, seek to expedite the current State DOT H-1 freeway congestion study, and ask DOT and City Department of Transportation Services (DTS) to recommend solutions to combat the worsening gridlock that residents and commuters face on a daily basis.
Bill 11, FD1 calls for a 6-month moratorium on new grading and building permits in the Moanalua-Red Hill, Salt Lake, Airport, Mapunapuna, and Kalihi areas so that that City and State transportation agencies identify traffic congestion solutions and adopt a timeline for their immediate implementation. Resolution 16-37 asks DOT and DTS to expedite the completion of DOT’s H-1 Corridor Study, and identify transportation solutions to mitigate current and future congestion in the region (copy attached). Both measures will be considered during the March 16th City Council meeting at Honolulu Hale.
While the interim development control boundaries in Bill 11, FD1 do not include most of Aiea/Halawa, Councilmember Joey Manahan and I have been concerned about the gridlock conditions faced by motorists traversing the Moanalua/Red Hill corridor during AM/PM peak traffi c periods. These congested conditions will be exacerbated when transit construction reaches the Airport/Mapunapuna areas, and residents from areas above and below the H-201 Freeway/Moanalua Road highways are forced to utilize the congested Moanalua corridor.