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Kaneohe get new traffic cameras, more on the way for Oahu

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Mufi Hannemann Mufi Hannemann
Scott Ishikawa Scott Ishikawa
Steve Berg Steve Berg

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Eighteen new traffic cameras are now up and running, covering seven miles of road in the Kaneohe area on Oahu's Windward side. Mayor Mufi Hannemann was on hand for the unveiling.

" The camera are up at Kamehameha Highway and the LikeLike, and Kahekili. This will allow motorist to plan their drive in the morning and anticipate delays and take alternate routes," said Hannemann.

The new cameras will also help traffic reporters monitor certain tie-ups for commuters heading to and from town. It took over two years to get the cameras in place, a bit longer than expected.

"To connect to the camera in Kaneohe we asked the state department for the use of their fiber optic cables on the H-3 freeway, and then it was possible for us to connect to the camera in Kaneohe, " said Scott Ishikawa, Honolulu Rapid Transit Spokesman.

There are plans to also install camera's in Kailua. Steve Berg who commutes from Kailua to Honolulu everyday says it will help.

"Just the fact that the cameras are there and people know they are there, then people will drive better, so that will avoid accidents and tickets, " said Berg.

The next set of camera will go up in Kapolei. As many Oahu residents move west, traffic is increasing. Those cameras are expected to be installed next year.

This fall, there will be another tool for drivers. The state's planning to activate 10 cameras on the Moanalua Freeway through Red Hill. At the same time, The Department of Transportation will launch its 511.org website.

It will be similar to the one being used in the San Francisco Bay Area, giving drivers access to information on drive times and hotspots to avoid.

The North Shore is not expected to get camera in the near future. The city says it's too difficult to connect and integrate them into the system right now.

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