A community’s plea to make a busy school crosswalk safer has been denied by the state.
That’s not all.
In September 2013, a boy on a bicycle was hit by a car on Fort Weaver Road fronting Ilima Intermediate School.
Since then, residents have been asking the state for a traffic signal.
Their request was rejected by the Department of Transportation. It said adding a traffic signal would have a negative impact on traffic because there would be three signals within a span of 900 feet.
Not only is the community not getting a traffic signal, the crosswalk on Fort Weaver Road and Makule Street will be removed.
“The only thing that we are asking for help from the state is to improve the visibility of that crosswalk. And they came out and just decided they were going to remove it,” Ewa resident Kurt Favella said. “Very disappointing in what they’re trying to do.”
State crews will remove the crosswalk on Wednesday.
There will be lane closures in the area on Fort Weaver Road from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pedestrians are urged to use the crosswalks at Papipi Road and Aikanaka road.
Those crosswalks have traffic signals.