NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Drivers stuck in traffic along the Waianae Coast may be getting some relief. An afternoon contraflow lane in Nanakuli could be in operation in the next month or two, said state Rep. Andria Tupola, (R) Nanakuli. "A lot of people tell me anything is better than what we have now," she said.
During rush hour traffic, it can take a motorist up to an hour to drive from Kapolei to Nanakuli, a distance of just nine miles. It gets even worse if there's a roadside emergency, or road construction or if the Pro Bowl is in town. "This is crazy, we have traffic on Saturdays and the weekends now which never used to happen but it sucks," said Shannah Nahulu of Nanakuli.
Added Robert McCormick, also of Nanakuli: "Daily, I see sitting in that traffic about an hour and a half two hours and this is just from downtown Honolulu to Pearl City. That's pretty outrageous if you ask me when you live on an island," he said.
Tupola said she's been asking the state for a contraflow lane for more than a year. She said it took the state and city that long to work out the planning details.