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 guards...now 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.