Pedestrian Safety Improvements Begin

Ryan Apa
Ryan Apa
Valentina Momoa
Valentina Momoa

WAIANAE (KHNL) - Crews begin a project to make the roads safer for Oahu pedestrians.

They're doing road improvements along the Waianae Coast.

"It's kinda dangerous. When people cross, they gotta run for get across," said Wayne Josue, Waianae resident.

"Sometimes they don't stop, when other people crossing," said Valentina Momoa, Nanakuli resident.

The Department of Transportation wants to make the highway more pedestrian friendly.

This week, workers begin safety improvements. They use a handliner to restripe faded crosswalks, and scatter very fine pieces of glass to make them reflective.

"Doing pretty much every intersection, making sure it's visible from far distance and people can see it," Ryan Apa, striper with Apply-A-Line.

Crews are also moving the stop lines further back from the crosswalks to give drivers more reaction time.

Workers are also painting the pavement, to mark messages to notify drivers of pedestrian crossings ahead. Transportation officials say they're concentrating their efforts in a community that has seen many accidents and fatalities.

The most recent, happened in March, when 80-year-old Tapu Neddermeyer was hit and killed while crossing Farrington Highway in Waianae. A car in the near lane stopped for her, but the driver in another lane, didn't see her. Residents hope this project will change things.

Crews will be working on Farrington Highway, from Nanakuli to Makaha, over the next six weeks.