Leeward community concerned about dangerous bus stop
NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After two recent pedestrian fatalities in West Oahu last week, the community says a bus stop in Nanakuli poses a huge hazard and that it's another accident waiting to happen.
"I catch the bus everyday," said Nanakuli resident Keanu Chun. "I'm sitting here and one of these days a car can come by and that's it."
Chun is afraid for his safety as cars whiz by just feet away from him. "Cars get super close like I almost got clipped by the side view mirror like once or twice," he said.
The state is conducting a widening project along Farrington Highway. Meanwhile, those who rely on the bus for transportation, are forced in a dangerous area.
Representative Andria Tupola is frustrated with the lack of urgency from the Department of Transportation.
She says she's asked officials several times to do something about the bus stop and replace dozens of street lights that have been out along the Leeward coast for months.
"Those are things the state needs to respond quicker to," Tupola said.
Hawaii News Now reached out to the DOT.
On Tuesday, officials say released a statement saying they are considering temporarily relocating the bus stop and curbing the area.
They hope to have a plan in place by this week.
"It's making sure the bus stops are by signalized crosswalks as opposed to un-signalized crosswalks," said Senator Maile Shimabukuro.
When it comes to the street lights, the state says it's already replaced most of them on Farrington Highway. Replacement poles are still needed, before completing the remaining 7-mile stretch.
"There needs to be lights there until they are finished replacing the poles and putting the LED lights," said Tupola.
"They could put those at the top of the priority list so they could get it done," Shimabukuro added.
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