DOT could help ease Mililani Mauka traffic

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For the more than 20,000 people who live there, there’s only one way in and out of Mililani Mauka.

After years of traffic headaches, there are some options on the table to ease the frustration.

For residents of Mililani Mauka, trying to get on the freeway during the morning rush hour can take a while.

“Oh, annoying,” driver Kahanu Fung said.

“It gets to be quite a burden,” driver Larry Dewey said.

“That it can take people 20 to 30 minutes on average just to leave their home to get onto the freeway,” said Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, (D) Mililani Mauka, Wahiawa.

Sen. Dela Cruz says that’s the number one complaint his office gets — traffic in this 20-year-old town.

“Well, you’re talking about people’s quality of life,” Sen. Dela Cruz said.

According to the State Department of Transportation, nearly 1,300 vehicles use the H-2 town-bound on ramp during the busiest time of the morning rush hour.

The DOT is trying to help ease congestion on Meheula Parkway, which is the only way drivers can access the freeway.

The state is thinking of adding a second lane to the H-2 on ramp or adding a new left turn lane that would join the on ramp from Mililani Town. However, there’s no price tag yet for either.

“I think that would help a lot,” Fung said.

“Get people onto the highway and get them off Meheula Parkway,” Dewey said.

Sen. Dela Cruz believes better planning could have helped.

“Mililani Mauka could’ve been planned differently to ensure that a lot of the mixed-use development and commercial use that’s in this area could be somewhere in the center of Mililani Mauka,” Sen. Dela Cruz said.

The DOT will study the traffic conditions and options then reveal the results in July.

Depending on the results, a single option or combination, may be proposed.

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