During three Complete Streets outreach meetings conducted December 5-12, 2017, the City’s Complete Streets SSFM consultants unveiled their proposed changes for those segments of Liliha Street between School Street and Wyllie Street. Proposed pedestrian safety improvements include:
- Installing raised median crossing islands for crosswalks at School Street/ Liliha Street, mid-block crosswalk between Holokahana Lane and N. Kuakini Street, Bates Street/Liliha Street, and mauka of the St. Francis’ Healthcare entrance;
- Curb extensions at all four corners at the N. Kuakini Street, Judd Street, and Wyllie Street intersections.
- Sidewalk extensions on both sides of the street from School Street to Wyllie Street.
Other proposed changes include road restriping to create one 10-foot travel lane in both directions with a center-turning lane from School Street to Judd Street, and 8-foot parking spaces on the Ewa side of Liliha Street. More controversial changes being proposed is the removal of a crosswalk near Liliha Court Lane and the addition of a dedicated bicycle lane on the Diamond Head side of Liliha Street.
The outreach sessions were also well-attended by many Nuuanu condo residents, who have asked us to obtain the following information from DTS and its consultants:
- Copies of draft plans, diagrams, and power-point slides presented to the public during the December 12, 2017, meeting.
- During the December 12, 2017 outreach meeting, SSFM consultants Melissa White and Susan LeBrun stated that SSFM is developing a preliminary Complete Streets plan for Nuuanu Avenue that will not include bicycle lanes. We seek a copy of the modified plan referenced at the meeting.
- Summaries of the November-December Community Outreach Meetings, preliminary plans, and cost estimates for proposed CS modificationsare not currently posted on the department’s Complete Streets website. Please provide a timetable for posting of these materials. We also seek copies of all input and feedback received from the public (via email, via the department’s website, and via written comments) since November 13, when the preliminary plans were first introduced to the public.
Nuuanu residents attending the December 5th or December 12th Complete Streets meetings raised numerous question whether their input, preferences, and problems were being taken into consideration. They also raised many concerns about the lack of transparency, since the proposals were not available to the public via the DTS website.