To tackle the increasing level of AM/PM rush hour congestion affecting Moanalua Gardens, Moanalua Valley, Red Hill-Aliamanu and Salt Lake residents, area legislators recently pursued a series of bills and resolutions to publicize the severity of the effects on our neighborhoods.
At the City Council, Bill 11, FD1 and Bill 25 would place a moratorium on building and grading permits within the IDC area for six months to force City and State transportation agencies to develop comprehensive solutions to reduce congestion in the Airport-Mapunapuna-Red Hill-Moanalua and Kalihi areas. The title for Bill 25 is more expansive and includes other affected neighborhoods within the Airport, Mapunapuna, Aliamanu-Red Hill, Salt Lake, Moanalua, and Kalihi areas.
Although no action was taken on the bills during last week’s informational briefing before the Council Zoning and Planning Committee, City Department of Transportation Services Director Formby acknowledged that his department could prevent the Douglas Emmett development team from staging its construction equipment and vehicles on Moanalualani Place (a city roadway) for the grading scheduled over the next six months. I also called upon the Douglas Emmett representative to either hire private security or to install a stop sign at the entry to Ala Kapuna Street to immediately reduce the number of Moanalua Hillside Apartment residents who exit their private roadway onto Ala Kapuna (a state road) without stopping for other vehicles who have the right of way.
Other regional legislators and I have reiterated the need for State Department of Transportation (DOT) to meet with us to address the need for a solution before construction of the additional 500 units at Moanalua Hillside Apartment extension is completed.