Plan for new road draws concerns from Waimanalo residents

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Waimanalo residents are concerned a planned road that would run through a new subdivision will increase traffic safety issues in an already congested area.

Dozens of people are expected to state their case at a neighborhood board meeting Monday night.

Construction on the seven-acre Kakaina subdivision is moving along and by January 2014, the first of 44 Hawaiian Homes beneficiaries are expected to move into their new homes.

But it’s not the homes that surrounding neighbors are concerned about.

“They’re going to feed another road right into Poalima which is this road,” Mekia Street resident Leilani Huybrechts said.

Huybrechts is one of many people concerned about a plan to extend Kaulukanu Street through the new subdivision and intersect it with Poalima and Mekia Streets.

“It doesn’t matter how they feed it, this intersection here this area is going to be the area that is congested and this is where most of the kids play,” Huybrechts said.

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands says extending the road will provide an additional entrance and exit for the subdivision.

“It is alright with that, but then the access coming into the subdivision is coming right into my street and the traffic is just going to be horrendous,” Mekia Street resident Bill Rodrigues said.

The road will incorporate the city and state’s new Livable Streets policy, designed to be safer and more attractive for residents and encourage walking, biking and lower driving speeds.

“They said it’s going to be the betterment for 44 residents but what about the other 104 houses that are surrounding the neighbors,” Mekia Street resident Andy Jamila said.

“It’s too narrow to be a main artery for that many houses,” Huybrechts said.

The state says the new road will include better drainage and curbing, a new fire hydrant, and improved access for emergency vehicles.

The state says, “We have come to understand that speeding is a large part of the concerns being raised in the community. …..and will continue work with the community and its leaders to seek positive solutions to those problems.”

“This is Waimanalo nothing is a done deal until we say it’s done. We the resident and the community,” Jamila said.

“Hopefully we can stop it,” Rodrigues said.

The neighborhood board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Waimanalo School and Public Library.

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