Hawaii officials grapple with Oahu area’s pedestrian dangers

HONOLULU — Hawaii tourism officials are offering to help fund possible solutions to problems such as traffic and jaywalking near a popular tourism site.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that traffic and pedestrian issues are affecting how and when people drive around Oahu’s North Shore.

A 10-year-old boy from California was hit by a vehicle while crossing Kamehameha Highway Aug. 1, which increased calls for changes near Laniakea Beach.

Officials say there is currently no consensus on how to make Kamehameha Highway safer for crossing pedestrians.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has said it is willing to spend $7 million to $8 million to help fund solutions including traffic lights and crossing guards.

Estimates to build a proposed highway bypass have reached $65 million and two years of environmental study.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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