With Liliha Street scheduled for repaving this year, my fellow legislators and I have asked City departments to address pedestrian safety improvements recommended both as part of the Draft Liliha ‘Complete Streets’ Plan and in our 2014 recommendations based on our community walk audits.
Currently, Department of Design and Construction plans to include restriping for bike lanes on Liliha Street as part of the repaving scheduled for this summer, but the department does not handle curb extensions, traffic signal modifications like Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons. Department of Transportation Services is responsible for implementing those types of pedestrian safety improvements, and its FY 17 budget request could be amended to include pedestrian safety improvements identified in the Draft Liliha Complete Streets’ Plan, such as:
- Installing curb extensions at the Liliha/Wyllie and Liliha/Judd Street intersections to shorten the pedestrian crossing distances and improve pedestrian visibility.
- Installing Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons at the Liliha/EkekelaPlacecrosswalk to improve pedestrian-motorist visibility, and at other-signalized crosswalks on Liliha Street.
- Installing an ADA-compliant sidewalk along Judd Street and betweenLiliha Street and Nuuanu Avenue to improve pedestrian safety.
I recommend that your board request a presentation from DepartmentsofDesign and Construction and Transportation Services next month, since this year’s repaving timetable provides a significant opportunity to incorporate many ‘Complete Streets’improvements that the Liliha/Alewa and Kamehameha Heights neighbors have sought.