Road Improvements Coming for Kapolei

The city maps out its vision for improving roadways in Kapolei.
The city maps out its vision for improving roadways in Kapolei.
Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Mayor Mufi Hannemann

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Traffic relief is on the way for drivers in Kapolei.  City officials announced $25 million in road improvements they say will help the fast growing community.

"As we move more jobs out here, as we move more people to live work and play in Kapolei, we obviously wanna make transportation within the corridor much more easier," said Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Work starts with widening one of the worst areas: the Makakilo Drive intersection.

"I don't think whoever designed it, designed it correctly because between 1 to 3, it's really bad out here," said one driver.

"From 1 to 10, I'd scale an 8," said another driver.

Work also includes extending Kapolei Parkway from Kamokila Boulevard to Fort Barrette Road. It ends with adding an H-1 interchange near Wakea Street, and adding two more roads, giving drivers more ways in and out of town.

"The ultimate build out of the Kapolei long range highway master plan is designed to take care of all the proposed development as well as existing development," said Donna Goth, of Kapolei Property Management. The company is an affiliate of the James Campbell Company.

That proposed development includes a Wal-Mart at the Makakilo Drive intersection.

"We'll see how it runs," said one resident. "We don't know if it's gonna work or not. It might help out a little bit, but we'll see."

"I believe in good developments, but I also don't like traffic," said another driver.

The new roads is designed to give drivers more ways in and out of town.

The work will start when the permits are approved. Officials say if everything goes their way, it could be done as early as the end of 2008.