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Laniakea resident says path under a bridge would solve pedestrian problem at Turtle beach

Bridge along the highway that residents believe a path underneath it can alleviate traffic in Laniakea. Bridge along the highway that residents believe a path underneath it can alleviate traffic in Laniakea.
Laniakea Resident Briant Coltti Laniakea Resident Briant Coltti
Pedestrians crossing the highway leads to slow traffic in Laniakea Pedestrians crossing the highway leads to slow traffic in Laniakea
LANIAKEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

When concrete barriers were moved away no parking signs went up. But traffic congestion and pedestrian problems fronting Laniakea beach are as bad as ever.

Sightseers park illegally then hustle across Kamehameha Highway to look for turtles lounging in the sand.

Laniakea resident Brian Colitti said a safer trek takes people under the bridge that spans the highway.

"It'll be a lot easier for pedestrians to go under this bridge and stay out of harms way of traffic there," he said.

Locals use it all the time. Colitti said the state should put in stairs and handrails and direct people to go under the bridge to get to the beach.

"If they open up this access, take down the old signs, put up new user friendly signs with arrows pointing in that direction," he said. "For the first month or two hire a cop and make sure everyone's crossing and they get it."

The state Transportation Department wants to reinstall the barriers and is looking at other alternatives.

"It's a problem that is growing and will continue to grow. So I really hope that the department will take seriously the need to find a long-range solution," Sen. Gil Riviere said.

Since the signs haven't solved the parking prohibition, Colitti wants the state to convert the no parking area into a parking lot. 

"The beach side you can put up a guard rail from the bus stop to the lifeguard stand so people won't stand there. They won't want to cross," he said.

The Lanikea situation is confusing.  Riviere said people who cut through traffic to cross Kamehameha Highway technically aren't breaking the law.  

"Since there are no crosswalks because it's a rural highway there is no prohibition of crossing the street as long as it's safe," he said.

Colitti believes his under-the-bridge idea would ease traffic gridlock on the highway because drivers wouldn't have to be stopping every time a pedestrian wants to cross.  

"It's pretty much the best solution for the state. They could do it right now," he said.

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