This month, I received reports that traffic accidents at the Smith/Pauahi Streets intersection appear to be on the rise, and that similar near-accidents are occurring at the Nuuanu Avenue/Pauahi Street intersection. Business owners and residents believe that the increase in accidents and near-accidents may be due to confusion over whether those intersections are now four-way stops. This was not the case for mauka or makai-bound traffic on Nuuanu Avenue and Smith Street in the past. My staff and I have requested information from Honolulu Police Department and Dept. of Transportation Services so that corrective action can be taken.
The Council’s reconstituted Planning Committee will review Bill 82 (Relating to Chinatown), Proposed CD1 during its special meeting on Monday, February 5th at 10:00am in the Council Committee meeting room at Honolulu Hale.
Although the Bill 82, Proposed CD1 (http://bit.ly/2EtVdRv) amendment was filed with the Clerk’s office in November 2017, it was not scheduled because the former Transportation and Planning (TRP) Committee was split into two new committees. The Proposed CD1 amendment limits the area in which curb-extension bulb-outs are prohibited to the core historic precinct of the Chinatown special district (designated in Section 21-9.60-2, and on Exhibit 21-9.9; copy of exhibit attached). It provides a rationale for the limitation, which is based on “Chinatown’s unique architectural character and cultural history.”
Please contact Doris Lam of my staff at 768-5006 or at dlam1@ honolulu.gov if you are willing to submit testimony on this measure for the February 5th meeting.