Mayor preparing for a traffic mess in Honolulu

Mayor preparing for a traffic mess in Honolulu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With State, City and private construction projects all happening now and more projects heading our way some are working on ways to at least minimize the impacts.  Rail work is only part of the equation.  There are sewer repairs, road repaving and private construction.  The State is also working on huge projects on the H1 freeway and elsewhere.  It adds up to a common sense moment to get all the parties to do some preplanning.

If you've ever been frustrated getting detoured from one construction site only to hit another traffic jam you're not alone.

"Right now everyone operates in silos. We're going to try to break down those silos a bit and get better coordination," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

This morning on Sunrise a viewer gave the city an F for traffic management.  The mayor responded by announcing a traffic mitigation plan.  The idea is to have the State, City and private sector all talk to each other.  At times City departments may not even coordinate with each other before starting a new project.

"Like Hart is very concerned about traffic mitigation but they only see it from their perspective of building rail. We want to make sure we have this 40,000 foot approach and make sure everyone else working in that area is aware of what each other is doing," said Mayor Caldwell.

Mayor Caldwell is looking to spend about a million bucks hiring an outside consultant to make sure everyone is on the same page.

"It's not all come together yet but it will and if we don't do something you'll be covering this story a lot more and there will be a lot more frustrated people," said Mayor Caldwell.

It's one of those ideas that make you think why wasn't there planning a long time ago?

"I can't answer that. I can only say what happened when I got here," said Mayor Caldwell.

In this case Caldwell is trying to look forward rather than in the rear view.

Traffic isn't getting any better and the Mayor hopes to have the plan implemented within the next year but he will have to find the funding first.

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