Speed limit signs along Likelike Highway are back down to 25 mph, but this time the change is on purpose.
For the second time in the past few weeks, the signs have been changed from 35 mph to 25 mph.
Last month, the change was the work of vandals who placed small stickers that partially covered the “3” with a “2.”
The act prompted the state Dept. of Transportation to say the signs should be left alone.
“Defacing, vandalizing, altering or damaging highway signs is a criminal offense punishable by law,” DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara said at the time. “It can also prove to be dangerous and costly.”
This time, the stickers were larger and appeared to match the original signs seamlessly.
When we inquired about the new stickers, the DOT confirmed it was behind the change.
Sakahara says a reduction in speed limit is necessary for an upcoming construction project slated to begin this month, and stressed that the change is temporary:
The speed limit in both directions of the Likelike Highway from School Street to Emmeline Place in Kalihi is being temporarily reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph during a construction project in the area. The project will include improvements to the roadway, sidewalks, curbs and drainage. The contractor is responsible for updating the signage in the work area and is in the process of improving the signs.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this post, written prior to our conversation with the state, incorrectly stated that the change was illegal.