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New Freeway Interchange to Reduce Kapolei Traffic

Yvonne Perez Yvonne Perez
Donna Goth Donna Goth
Rod Haraga Rod Haraga
Chopper 8 view over H-1 in Kapolei Chopper 8 view over H-1 in Kapolei

by Joann Shin

KAPOLEI (KHNL) - Traffic is flowing on Kamokila Boulevard during the early afternoon.

But ask Yvonne Perez who works in Kapolei and she'll tell you that's rare.

"When you come off the freeway and move toward Safeway, you can't get through because the cars are just gridlock," said Perez.

State Transportation officials hope to change that.

On Tuesday, the governor received a check for a million dollars from Kapolei Property Development, a Campbell Estate Affiliate.

The company is contributing a total of $6 million to cover design, land and construction costs to help reduce traffic jams in Oahu's second city.

"We're trying to keep pace with the growth. Today we have 800 companies in the region, 25,000 jobs and that continues to grow," explained Donna Goth, president of Kapolei Property Development.

The first phase includes building a new freeway interchange.

The plan is to extend Wakea Street, relocate this bus station, and connect the street to the freeway down the road.

"Rather than go all the way to Makakilo and travel to Kalailai, they'll now be able to go in the middle of town and head west bound," said Rod Haraga, director of the Department of Transportation.

Changes Perez says can't come soon enough.

She said, "If you know you're going to have a second city, with more people more growth, more businesses, you need to plan for these things."

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