A $10 million road project in Nanakuli drew so many complaints from area residents that the state plans to go back and fix the problem.
KHON2 first aired the story on Monday after viewers told us about the problem via Report It.
A new center line was painted on Farrington Highway, but the old center line was not covered up properly, which confused drivers and made it dangerous.
Yellow paint from the old line still shows in several parts. Drivers say when the sun hits it a certain way or when it’s raining, it’s hard to see which line to follow.
“You really can’t tell which line is yellow and which line is black,” said Waianae resident Bryan Wittekind.
Wittekind is just one of many residents who complained about the confusion over the center line. In fact, motorists kept pointing it out while we were there.
The lanes are also narrower and they say that combination has led to many close calls.
“We have two dumps in our area. We have huge trucks that come out of Nanakuli and Waianae, so for big vehicles to get the lane wrong, yeah that’s dangerous,” said state Rep. Andria Tupola (R-Maili, Nanakuli, Ko Olina, Honokai Hale, Kalaeloa, Ewa).
State crews will go back to re-paint the new center line and install reflective markers to make the real line more visible, and do a better job to cover up the old line to prevent confusion.
Residents are relieved. They say it was an accident waiting to happen and are glad their complaints were heard.
“I think the voices of the community were heard. I’m very grateful that there were enough people calling (KHON2), calling DOT, even calling the governor’s office to let them know that it needed to be handled immediately,” said Tupola.
Of course, there will be some pain before the fix is done such as lane closures, and that means traffic jams starting Monday.
But residents say they’ll live with the extra traffic for a few days to make the road safer.
“Of course being on KHON Channel 2 was very good for us and so we just want to keep on pressing forward until it gets done,” said Wittekind.
A spokesman for the Department of Transportation says fixing the center line will not bring any additional cost since it’s included in the contract.
The whole road-widening project is scheduled to be completed in May 2016.
The fix to Farrington Highway will mean single-lane closures starting next Monday in the east-bound direction between Helelua Street and Nanakuli Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Work is expected to wrap up by next Wednesday.