The Issues: Traffic Congestion
We all try to avoid peak traffic hours through Wailua and Kapa`a, but traffic continues to worsen. After decades of planning a Wailua-Kapa`a bypass relief route, the State Department of Transportation (SDOT) has abandoned that plan. The following priority projects are now being pursued by the State to relieve traffic congestion.
Until the above improvements are made, Iʻve been working with the SDOT to implement contaflow cones on Sundays and holidays to address congestion through Kapaʻa Town.
While these road improvements are critical to relieve traffic congestion, it is also important to work on reducing the number of vehicles on the road by improving the routes and frequency of our bus system and adding convenient shuttles that can help reduce the number of rental cars driven by visitors.
I would also like the State and County to work together to build the Kuamo`o-Ma`alo connector road as a resiliency project to ensure that east and north shore communities have continuous access to medical, transportation, and other facilities in the event a tsunami or hurricane damages our shoreline highway and bridges.