By Leland Kim
WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Traffic in Waikiki is often bumper to bumper.
"Every afternoon I watch hundreds if not thousands of cars back up on the Ala Wai Boulevard," said Dale Leslie.
Leslie knows the problem first-hand. He's a long-time Waikiki resident.
"I've probably seen the traffic increase 200 percent in the last ten years," he said.
Leslie said the congestion is caused in part because Ala Wai Boulevard dead ends just before hitting Ala Moana Boulevard.
"If they were to make a simple right-hand only ramp at the makai end of Ala Wai Boulevard, it would eliminate that. Cars could simply go to the end of the Ala Wai and make a right turn and be on their way. <0.44>
The idea would divert some traffic from side streets. But this stretch of Ala Moana Boulevard is about seven feet higher than the makai end of Ala Wai Boulevard.
Putting a ramp here could be an engineering challenge. And some who live on Ala Wai Boulevard are skeptical the solution would work.
"And actually I don't think it would really solve the problem because I don't think a lot of people that use this cutoff now would really come down here to go west," said Ken Sinisgalli, a Waikiki resident. "They go east, I think, to downtown to Honolulu or to Waikiki."
Still, Waikiki residents want officials to do something to alleviate some of the traffic problem.
"I mean I live nine miles away," said Leslie. "It can take me up to an hour to get home."