Work begins on new traffic management center

By Taizo Braden - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Good news for Oahu drivers. The first step toward combining the state and city traffic management centers is underway, that means we're a step closer to shorter drive times.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann joined others at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the $100-million high-tech building. It will be located just behind the Honolulu Police Department's main station.

Work will first begin on a five-story parking garage and transit center. After the garage is complete, work begins on bringing all the city and state and traffic-related agencies under one roof.

"You can see at our present location we are very limited in space and we are going to integrate it with our IT network...when we first started, fire couldn't talk to the police and couldn't talk to the life we will have interoperability across the board so we will be able to enhance that and take it to the next level" said Hannemann.

Right now, the city and state have separate traffic management centers. Officials say combining all traffic departments will help drop commute times because their communication with each other, and accident response will improve.

The new traffic center should be up and running by late 2012.

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