City makes parking mistake on busy street

A metered parking stall on a busy Honolulu street is baffling drivers. That’s because the stall sits right next to a fire hydrant.

The city says it’s a mistake that will be fixed.

KHON2 asked drivers if the stall was open, would they park there?

“Not unless there’s no other place to park,” a driver said.

“I don’t think it should be there,” another driver said.

There’s a bit of confusion over the space on South King Street near Pensacola Street. But some drivers, like Webster Tom, are taking their chances, parking there because it’s conveniently located next to their hospital.

“I noticed it today, but I think it’s not the right place, if this stall is correct,” Tom said.

The stall and meter are supposed to be there, but not that close to the fire hydrant. A vehicle cannot be parked within 10 feet of a hydrant. Drivers could get hit with a $35 parking ticket if parked too close.

“But whoever did paint these lines, made a mistake?” KHON2 said.

“Yeah, they’re a little off,” Department of Transportation Services Director Mike Formby said.

KHON2 measured and learned there’s only four feet of space between the hydrant and stall. Formby says the traffic plan on paper is correct, but this, not so much.

“Well, technically, it’s not consistent with the traffic code. And it looks like it’s been here for a while,” Formby said.

The city does not have any parking stalls on the other side of the hydrant, so Formby says the Honolulu Fire Department has never had an issue with it since a fire truck could fit there.

But this is technically wrong and will be fixed.

“So the goal is to just adjust the parking spaces so that we have the same number of parking, same number of meters, but we’re not within 10 feet of the hydrant,” Formby said.

The city will repaint the stalls, moving this stall and the five behind it, away from the hydrant. Drivers won’t lose any on-street parking and the city won’t lose any revenue.

Honolulu police say if a driver parks in the stall next to the fire hydrant, they will not cited for being too close.

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