Earlier this month, the Liliha/Puunui/Alewa/Kamehameha Heights Neighborhood Board #14 adopted a resolution encouraging City departments to undertake pedestrian safety improvements along Liliha Street to be timed as closely as possible with road repaving projects planned for this summer (Phase 12B Repaving Project).
I encourage Neighborhood Board #12 to consider adopting a similar resolution after the City’s ‘complete streets’ outreach process begins anew so that your neighborhood’s pedestrian safety priorities are identified and incorporated into the planning for this area. We anticipate that discussion of ‘complete streets’ improvements along Liliha Street will also include consideration of pedestrian safety features on Kuakini Street, which many residents in the Nuuanu area identified as a hazardous roadway both for motorists and pedestrians.
For example, with respect to the electronic signal/audio clicking devices for the new traffic signals at the Nuuanu Avenue/School Street intersection, the re-examination of this pedestrian safety feature occurred after Department of Transportation Services staff discovered that the audio clicking feature would not be likely to disturb area residents (due to the intersection’s location between two commercial enterprises and the H-1 Freeway).
Finally, I am requesting a correction to the April 2016 draft minutes section on Pedestrian Safety Improvements at Nuʻuanu Avenue/School Street Intersection, page 5, to read as follows (corrected text is underlined):
Department of Transportation Services (DTS) will consider adding electronic signal/audio clicking devices for the new traffic signals at the Nuʻuanu Avenue/School Street Intersection if Nuuanu Neighborhood Board #12 and community stakeholders express support for this feature. There would be a concern in a residential area that it could affect residents in their homes, but since this intersection has commercial areas on one side and also borders the freeway, not many residents are affected.
Young asked whether the only intersection under consideration is Nuʻuanu Avenue and School Street, and not Kuakini Street and Nuʻuanu Avenue, or Bachelot Street and Kuakini Street. Councilmember Fukunaga responded that other intersections are not being considered at this time.