Community meeting to be held for for Ala Wai crossing

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The City and County of Honolulu, with support from the O’ahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO), has a follow-up meeting focused on Ala Pono: An Ala Wai Crossing Alternatives Analysis.

The meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Waikiki Community Center located at 310 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815. 

Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, Biki, or take TheBus, as there will be no general parking available at the meeting site. 

If you drive, parking will be available at the Honolulu Zoo, in nearby commercial lots, or in-street parking. ADA parking will be provided on-site at the Waikiki Community Center.

The purpose of the follow-up meeting is to keep the community informed about the project and to share the alternatives and concepts that have been analyzed based on existing conditions, proposed alternatives, intercept surveys, an online survey, and public input at the first two community meetings on September 22 and September 24 of last year. 

The goal of the follow-up meeting is to consider the feasibility of several alternatives and look to the community to understand how to best address the needs and safety of all users.

The meeting will include a presentation followed by an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback on the proposed alternatives that have been developed. 

The primary purpose of this study is to provide 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 only.

This Ala Pono study further advances the city’s efforts to create a comprehensive, integrated transportation network that is safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. 

Oahu commuter data has shown that the neighborhoods on both sides of the Ala Wai canal have the highest percentage of people that travel to work by foot, bicycle, or public transportation. 

A pedestrian and bicycle connection could shorten walking and biking trips by a mile, and provisions for a safer, separated facility may reduce car-bike collisions.

Community engagement is important to ensure the City and County of Honolulu develops recommendations that reflect community needs and character. 

To review past community meeting outcomes, stay informed of community meeting dates, provide feedback, and subscribe to a project mailing list, please visit the Ala Pono webpage at: https://www.honolulu.gov/completestreets/alapono.

For questions and/or comments on the Ala Wai Bridge Alternatives Analysis, or if you require special assistance, auxiliary aid and/or service to participate in this event (i.e. sign language interpreter; interpreter for language other than English, or wheelchair accessibility), please contact Nicola Szibbo, Transportation Planner, Department of Transportation Services at (808) 768-8359, allowing one week for accommodations.

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