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Looking for a long term solution at Laniakea

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The ‘no parking’ signs at Laniakea Beach on Oahu's North Shore don't seem to be working.

Since the State Department of Transportation removed the concrete barriers on Monday, cars have filled the area as they did prior to the barricades going up in December of 2013.

State Senator Gil Riviere lives the traffic nightmare. 

"It alters our life. You now have to decide, ‘can I go through there?...And the answer is no," Riviere said. 

He’s been tackling this issue at the State Capitol for years. He was optimistic, a DOT environmental assessment, commissioned in 2012 to examine the realignment possibilities of Kamehameha highway would bring about a long term solution. It was expected to take 18-24 months to finish.

"We're now coming up on 4 years since then and we seem to be nowhere near completion of that study," he said.

Hawaii News Now contacted the DOT, and was told the department is expecting to publish the draft environmental assessment sometime next summer. But for Riviere, that's not good enough.

"They need to start showing the community a commitment to the deadlines and meeting the deadlines," Riviere said.

In the interim, the DOT is pushing to get the barriers re-installed, but even that is little relief for everyone who lives on the North Shore.

Honolulu Police so far have not been ticketing motorists who park in the area, despite the signs saying otherwise.

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