Council may raise speed limits on Ala Kinoiki

LIHUE — A resolution to raise speed limits along certain portions of Ala Kinoiki (Koloa bypass road) in Koloa will be presented during Wednesday’s County Council meeting.

“We believe that raising the speed limits in areas away from intersections and driveways will result in better compliance with the speed limits, in particular at the locations through intersections where speed control is most important,” the resolution states.

The speed limits would be changed to 25, 35, 40 and 45 miles per hour along different stretches of the road. The speed limits in both directions on the road are currently 25, 40 and 15 miles per hour.

The proposed resolution maintains the existing speed limits where Ala Kinoiki passes through intersections and major driveways, but raises the speed limits in other areas based on the roadway and geometrics and context.

After receiving several inquiries and requests from members of the community to evaluate the potential of raising the limits, the county Department of Public Works Engineering Division conducted a study of the road.

The study included measuring the speed and volume of vehicular traffic, evaluating intersection sight distances and evaluating roadway geometrics including horizontal and vertical curves.

The Engineering Division also evaluated the roadway context, including the land use of adjacent areas and the presence of people walking and bicycling on the road.

The resolution was reviewed by the Office of the County Attorney, the Kauai Police Department and the Planning Department.

The meeting will be Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Historic County Building in Lihue.

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