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Critics challenge Ho'opili traffic analysis

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A traffic impact analysis report prepared for the Ho'opili project recommends adding one more East bound lane at the H-1 and H-2 merge. Ho'opili developer D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes wants to construct an additional lane West of the merge.

"What we would do to add the lane from the Fort Weaver Road interchange to Waiawa interchange, which is the H-1/H-2 merge, would work with them," D.R. Horton vice president Cameron Nekota said.

Ho'opili's traffic analysis said another H-1 lane would allow for 17 percent more vehicles on the freeway. But UH Civil and Environmental engineer Panos Prevedouros said Ho'opili and other planned developments will grow that traffic by 43 percent.

"It's a big difference. We're growing the traffic by 43 percent. We're growing the capacity of the road by 17 percent. And that 43 percent also accounts for the fact that rail will perhaps take 4 percent out of it," he said.

Nekota said 40,000 new jobs are forecast for Kapolei by 2035, and that will keep many people out of the commute.

"First and foremost, that's going to give people the traffic relief that they deserve," he said.

Ho'opili would add 11,750 homes between Kapolei and Ewa. Koa Ridge would add another 5,000. Kioni Dudley of Save Our Farmlands said there are 53,000 other houses already on the drawing board.

"When we get all of these houses coming down to feed into that merge, that's a major major calamity," said Kioni Dudley of Save Oahu Farmlands.

Dudley and 30 other people sent a letter to the City Council, challenging the validity of the traffic survey.

Nekota said the year-and-a-half long study was approved by the state and the city.

"The traffic study listed certain projects in the vicinity of Ho'opili. That doesn't mean that the counts from the other projects referenced by others weren't taken into account. Those were actually taken into account in the traffic study," Nekota said.


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