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Ask the Mayor: Sewage spill, bike lanes, Sunday traffic, homelessness

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined us in studio again to answer your questions!

The next round of sweeps will start this week at the homeless camp in Kakaako. They'll be starting from the Ewa end and work toward the Diamond Head end. After they complete that portion of the camp they will then make their way to the larger camps on Ohe St. and Olomana St. 

Two weeks ago we had the first set of heavy rains and it triggered our drainage system to overflow causing 130,000 gallons of sewage to spill into Waikiki. This shouldn't have happened. Mayor Caldwell says one of the causes for the spill stemmed from a disconnected pipe. Another reason for the spill was people used the manhole covers to drain the water from their streets-- which overwhelmed the pipe system.

Bicyclist statistics show an 88% increase in using the bike lane. Mayor Caldwell say they hope to achieve their long term goal of getting more people to ride their bikes. 

Many driver's were frustruated with Sunday's gridlock. Mayor Caldwell said his administration is pushing for the new Joint Traffic Management Center so there can be better coordination between the city and other groups. 

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