Letter for Saturday, September 7, 2019

Eleele has pedestrian accidents waiting to happen

State DOT, please let us know what’s happening on the Eleele overhead walking bridge. It’s been several months to a year now since it’s been hit by a crane and closed down. This bridge was used by kupuna and keiki (unfortunately not ADA-friendly) daily, before it got shut down. It’s a lot safer than using the crosswalk at the intersection of Kaumualii Highway, Eleele/Waioli roads. There is an accident waiting to happen. At the same time pedestrians are allowed to cross, vehicles are allowed to turn westward exiting both Eleele and Waioli roads.

Also, on another thought, when will you (state DOT) add some flashing beacon lights and twitters to let drivers know that pedestrians are crossing on both, (Kaumualii Highway and Laulea/Mahe roads and Kaumualii Highway and Eleele/Mahe roads)? School is in progress and the keiki are using those crosswalks to head off to school in Eleele.


Howard Tolbe, Eleele

  1. Marie September 7, 2019 10:38 pm Reply

    I totally agree! I’ve seen many close calls with adults and children crossing while cars have the ok to turn at the same time? I never understood those lights?? It’s nerve wrecking and scary.

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