Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Director Kroning has halted further consideration of the Honolulu Complete Streets Implementation Study Location Report – Nuuanu Avenue from Kuakini Street to Craigside Place (Draft 1, August 2015) so that a more comprehensive traffic analysis of the area between Pali Highway to School Street can be undertaken. Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is now selecting a consultant to conduct the more comprehensive plan and will select a consultant by May 31, 2016. The two departments advise that the more comprehensive regional ‘Complete Streets’ study will include opportunities for community and stakeholder input. Dates/locations for community input will be determined at a later date.
Because DDC is planning to repave Liliha Street and its cross streets this summer, including Kuakini Street (which intersects with Nuuanu Avenue), we have asked DDC and DTS whether pedestrian safety features are being included as part of the ‘Complete Streets’ improvements into the schedule of repaving projects. If they are not currently being included as part of this summer’s projects, I will be seeking additional funding so that pedestrian safety features like curb extensions, sidewalks and traffic light modifications (e.g., audio-clicking devices or flashing lights) to improve pedestrian safety can be installed at the same time that bike lanes are developed during the repaving projects this summer.