Thanks to the efforts of Aiea High School Leo Club members and Hakina Street residents in helping to track the volume of pedestrian/vehicular on Hakina Street during morning/afternoon rush hour peak periods in November, we have now quantified the increased traffic volumes that have resulted from the opening of the new Aiea Public Library. Our traffic counts showed 372 motorists traversing Hakina Street during peak hours on Friday, November 18th, and 387 on Monday, November 21st, and also noted 47 pedestrians traversing that area during those times on both days. This is a slight increase in vehicular traffic from a Department of Transportation Services (DTS) Hakina Street study in 2014, which logged 347 vehicles during the same time periods.
Based on our traffic count results, we are seeking increased police enforcement and/or an updated traffic study by DTS to improve pedestrian safety along this route to Aiea Public Library. One of the pedestrian safety improvements that I am seeking is installation of a marked crosswalk towards the Aiea Library gate as an immediate solution on Hakina Street.
Since the installation of the gate providing direct access from Hakina Street to the Aiea Library, many pedestrians now cross Hakina Street to walk through the gated entrance to the stairway to the library below. Many pedestrians are school-age children and elderly residents, so the availability of a marked crosswalk and signage would help motorists pay closer attention to pedestrians that are crossing the street at the gate’s location. Installation of this crosswalk would also provide a means of increasing visibility of pedestrians to motorists, which may help to reduce speeding on Hakina Street altogether.
We will keep Hakina Street residents and the Aiea/Halawa Heights community apprised of future developments on this issue. Please contact Roelle Torres of my staff at 768-5071 or at roelle.torres@honolulu. gov if you have any additional questions.