Several crosswalks and bus stops in east Honolulu may be removed for safety reasons. The idea is not sitting well with some residents.
A proposed crosswalk and bus stop removal will be focused on a small stretch of Kalanianaole highway in Aina Haina. The study was brought on by safety issues after two separate pedestrian deaths. Right now, there are three crosswalks with no traffic lights between Waa and Kaai streets.
The state is proposing to get rid of those, and the city is also thinking about taking away four nearby bus stops, a fifth would be relocated.
“I think that getting rid of the crosswalk is an idea. Sometime we can look into getting rid of the bus stops really seems like a bad idea,” said Joshua Greig of the Kuliouou-Kalani Iki Neighborhood Board.
“This is a huge deal that may or may not need to be done and your reasons may be good or not good. I don’t know, but I know that the community wants to know about this,” said Sheridan Spangler of the Kuliouou-Kalani Iki Neighborhood board.
According to the study, less than 50 people a day use the current bus stops, and fewer than ten people use the crosswalks on that stretch of highway. According to the state that stretch of Kalaianaole Highway sees more than 80,000 cars a day.