The City and County of Honolulu hopes a new traffic signal in Waipahu will keep pedestrians safer.
On Monday, March 23, a newly-installed traffic signal was activated at the intersection of Waipahu and Honowai streets, near Waipahu Elementary School.
A traffic study conducted in late 2009 revealed the need for a signal to manage the high volume of vehicle and pedestrian crossings in close proximity to elementary schools and commercial shopping centers.
State Sen. Clarence Nishihara, D-Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades, and Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor worked with the Waipahu Neighborhood Board and the city Dept. of Transportation Services to see the project to fruition.
“Some of our board members drop off their kids to Waipahu Elementary in the morning and they have a hard time coming out from this intersection,” said Rito Saniatan, Waipahu Neighborhood Board chair. “This traffic light will really, really help all the children as well as the whole community of Waipahu in making the place where we live and work very safe.”
“We did everything we could to prioritize this project and bring this to the community. It’s really part of a complete streets effort. It’s part of making sure the pedestrians are safe when they cross,” said transportation services director Mike Formby.
Construction on the signal began late last year and cost approximately $400,000.