As a result of concerns brought up during discussions of the City’s Honolulu Complete Streets Implementation Study Location Report (Nuuanu Avenue from Kuakini Street to Craigside Place (Draft I) during Nuuanu/Punchbowl Neighborhood Board #12’s recent meetings, the Departments of Design and Construction (headed by Director Robert Kroning) and Transportation Services (headed by Director Mike Formby), are pursuing a planning consultant for a comprehensive review of the Nuuanu Avenue segment bounded by Pali Highway and School Street.
Director Kroning has reported that his department is selecting a planning consultant this summer, and DTS and DDC consultants will seek public feedback on ‘Complete Streets’ improvements sought by the community as the next phase after this summer’s repaving project in Liliha. To encourage earlier outreach and continuing feedback, I’ve proposed the following amendments to Bill 15, CD1 (FY 2017 CIP budget):
- Traffic Improvements at Various Locations – Amend proviso language to read, “including pedestrian safety improvements on Liliha Street from School Street to Wyllie Street.” Liliha Street and its adjoining intersections are scheduled for major repaving work this summer, and ‘sharrows’ (shared bike lanes) will be included as part of the repaving/restriping activity.
- Oahu Pedestrian Master Plan – Add $250,000 for plans to evaluate pedestrian safety improvements for Oahu to complement the Oahu Bikeway Plan. This will authorize an OMPO study to “identify and prioritize areas needed for capital improvement based on a variety of existing data sources that include pedestrian crash history, proximity to schools, parks, medical and community centers, transit stations, mode split, and other criteria. The planning process will include a physical assessment of missing or deficient pedestrian infrastructure and input from community and stakeholder groups.”
By doing so, DDC and DTS would be able to provide cost estimates for pedestrian safety improvements for areas like Nuuanu Avenue and other highly-traveled roadways at an earlier time, so that pedestrian safety improvements can be planned and funded in conjunction with bicycling features that are included during major repaving projects.