City hosts community meetings on Ala Wai Bridge alternatives analysis

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The Department of Transportation Services Complete Streets Program has announced an alternative analysis study titled “Ala Pono: An Ala Wai Crossing,” which evaluates alternatives for additional community access including a new bridge between the neighborhoods of Waikiki, Ala Moana, and McCully/ Moiliili.
 
The primary purpose of the alternatives analysis is to assess the feasibility of providing additional access across the Ala Wai Canal at a location between Ala Moana Boulevard and the Manoa/Palolo Stream. The new access is intended for pedestrian and bicycle use, with the additional ability to serve emergency purposes.
 
The public is invited to learn more about the alternatives analysis by attending one of two upcoming meetings. 

The purpose of the meetings is to inform the community of the study and to seek initial feedback on the alternatives. 

The meetings will include a presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to share their initial thoughts on the alternatives, including a no-build scenario, improvements to existing structures, and a new bridge alignment. The same information will be presented at both meetings.
 
The meetings will be held on Saturday, September 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and Monday, September 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

Both meetings will be held at the Ala Wai Elementary School cafeteria, 503 Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96826.
 
This alternatives analysis further advances the goals of the city’s Complete Streets principles to create a comprehensive, integrated network of streets that are safe and convenient for all modes of transportation and people of all ages and abilities.
 
“The proposed Ala Wai crossing will enhance the multimodal connectivity that our city desperately needs to foster the growth of cycling and walking as alternative forms of transportation,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “Through our Complete Streets principles and new infrastructure, we are making our island city more sustainable and resilient, while also allowing our residents to avoid congestion and make healthier choices.”
 
Community engagement is important to ensure that context-sensitive recommendations are developed that reflect the needs and character of the community. 

To stay informed of community meeting dates, to provide feedback, and to subscribe to a project mailing list, please visit the Ala Wai Bridge study homepage at: http://www.honolulu.gov/completestreets/alapono
 
For questions and/or comments on the Ala Wai Bridge study project, or if special accommodations are needed for these meetings, please contact Nicola Szibbo, Transportation Planner, Regional Planning Branch, Department of Transportation Services, at (808) 768-8359. Please allow one week for special accommodations.

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