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Why isn't the H-1 westbound shoulder lane more clearly marked? And it's too narrow.

From Leater:

H-1 westbound afternoon shoulder lane is not properly marked where you can enter.  The shoulder lane should start where the right lane merges, but drivers start in the shoulder lane well before that.  As you pass the Aiea overpass,  the shoulder lane is too narrow to accommodate large vehicles. The shoulder lane should only start after the overpass.  I've tweeted to @DOTHawaii several times with no response. It's an accident waiting to happen.

Response from the State:

Striping along the outer edge of the shoulder lane on H-1 westbound from Halawa to Waiawa is scheduled as part of the restriping after the addition of the second Zipper Lane. Reflectors were installed on the walls along the full length of the shoulder lane as a temporary safety measure.

The shoulder lane near the Aiea pedestrian overpass is 11-feet wide, one-foot wider than the minimum width prescribed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) but may appear narrower due to the adjacent wall.

Pavement markings are required along State highways, and HDOT can take a look at how to improve the markings in order to increase safety along this corridor.

Signage indicates where the afternoon shoulder lane starts, and drivers should not be in the shoulder prior to that point because that is a safety area.

We appreciate the viewer's attention to this matter. We recommend the public send their safety and other concerns to our email account at DOTPAO@hawaii.gov as our social media accounts are not monitored 24/7.

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