Markers aim to protect pedestrians on busy highway, but are they working?

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It’s been almost almost three months since the Hawaii Department of Transportation installed reflective dividers along Pali Highway crosswalks. 

They are fluorescent yellow, striped with reflective tape and placed between each lane on four crosswalks on Pali Highway.

The delineators were put in by the DOT on Oct. 19, nine days after Raymond Endow was killed in a crosswalk at Wood Street near his home.

The purpose is to draw attention to the crosswalk, and get drivers to yield for pedestrians. But drivers keep running them over, and breaking them.

“If I was to go to church, I’d have to say, no they’re not slowing ones down,” said Paula Kurashige, who lives in the area. “It’s like the autobahn, you know, and they don’t care.”

Kurashige says more needs to be done. Residents want flashing lights at the crosswalks.

“They’re still not stopping for the people to go and catch the bus in the morning,” she said, “and we might have another fatality if we don’t get this done.”

The DOT says it replaces the delineators weekly at a cost of less than $30 each. Officials say they are working, and drawing attention to the crosswalks.

State Rep. Takashi Ohno, D, Liliha, Alewa Heights, Nuuanu, agrees more needs to be done.

“I’ve seen other ideas implemented across Honolulu like on King Street with the blinking lights that are pedestrian-activated,” he said. “Some folks have called for a traffic light there. I think the most simplest way of course is for everyone to drive with aloha.”

Ohno says lawmakers will be discussing additional ideas in the upcoming legislative session.

Meanwhile the DOT says it plans to expand the gateway pedestrian safety project by installing delineators at four intersections without traffic signals on Farrington Highway: Glenmonger Street, Bayview Street, Army Street, and Kaupuni Street.

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