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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.

Details:

  • 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.

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