New road design aims to ease traffic around Ala Moana
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Just in time for the holidays, a key artery near Ala Moana Shopping Center will open for two-way traffic starting Friday.
According to the City and County of Honolulu, the new road design – completed by Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company and funded by General Growth Properties -- should help ease traffic around the mall, through Kakaako and on Ala Moana Boulevard. It should also provide direct access to businesses and residences.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a statement that the new design will also allow greater connectivity for bicycles.
“This project will benefit Oahu drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and bus and rail riders for years to come, with a complete streets design that will make traveling more pleasant for everyone,” Caldwell said.
This section of Waimanu Street was previously a four-lane, one-way eastbound roadway.
At the intersection with Piikoi Street, one westbound lane will open on Waimanu Street with the retention of on-street parking.
As the new westbound lane on Waimanu Street approaches Pensacola, it expands to two lanes, with the left lane a shared through and left-turn lane.
Both westbound lanes on Waimanu at Pensacola continue through to Queen Street.
Eastbound lanes on Waimanu Street will have one left-turn only lane onto Piikoi Street, two through lanes to Ala Moana Center and one right-turn only lane onto Piikoi Street.
Bike sharrows have been added to Waimanu Street eastbound to Piikoi Street.
With this change in operation, motorists traveling makai (southbound) on Piikoi Street may turn right onto Waimanu Street; and motorists leaving the Ala Moana Center may travel straight through onto Waimanu Street via one lane. Mauka-bound (northbound) motorists on Piikoi Street will not be able to make a left turn onto Waimanu Street.
The city asks that pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists continue to exercise caution around this area as changes are being implemented.