Last month, the Department of Transportation Services (DTS) released its 3rd annual Complete Streets Program Report to the City Council. (https://bit. ly/2GAvmvq) This report lists DTS’ timelines for upcoming projects in communities throughout Oahu, including the Downtown/Chinatown area.
In the report, DTS proposes additional ‘bulb-out’ curb extensions as part of the Complete Streets initiative for Chinatown intersections, based on a finding that the bulb-outs would accommodate normal turning radii (see attached pages 56-62 from report). Its analysis identifies 40 new locations for ‘bulb-out’ curb extensions on intersections in the Downtown/Chinatown area, with 25 of the bulb-outs to be installed along Mauanakea Avenue and Nuuanu Avenue, with others installed along Smith Street, Bethel Street, Bishop Street, and Alakea Street.
DTS proposes that construction for the bulb-outs begin later this year and would be completed in 2020. Since the Complete Streets report was released on March 22, 2018 without giving area neighbors and legislators an opportunity to comment on the recommended actions, I am seeking feedback from neighboring businesses and residents on the extent to which this action threatens the viability of traditional Chinatown businesses.