Kapaa traffic solutions update

KAPAA — Larry Dill, Kauai District engineer, Hawaii Department of Transportation, will be the featured speaker at the Wailua-Kapaa Neighborhood Association’s meeting 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kapaa Public Library.

The talk is free and open to the public.

“Severe roadway congestion on Kuhio Highway through the Kapaa-Wailua corridor, impacts the day-to-day lives of many area residents,” said a press release. “This long-standing problem has regional impacts too, affecting drivers traveling to destinations beyond the Kawaihau district.”

The 2015 study, “Kapa‘a Transportation Solutions”, a joint effort of the County and the State DOT, identified five short-term and five long-term traffic solutions that could be completed within five and 10 years.

Dill will discuss these top priority recommendations to alleviate congestion and mobility concerns, provide their current status, and explain what it will take to effectively implement them.

“Funding is the key driving factor to move these projects forward,” says W-KNA Chair, Rayne Regush.

As the report notes, the total list of priority projects “will outstrip the availability of federal, state, and local funding” therefore implementation may require alternative revenue sources,” she said.

For now, the Kuhio Highway widening project between the Kapaa Bypass Road and Kuamoo Road, may be the first project moving forward as evidenced by the public notice published in September seeking contractor sub-bids.

Brief updates on other local issues will also be provided at the meeting. For information, visit www.wkna.org or email wkna.kauai@gmail.com.

  1. Michael October 22, 2019 6:39 am Reply

    What the “solution” ultimately requires is to widen all the HIGHWAY from Lihue to Kawaihau. Kawaihau to Lihue. Ultimately smothering Wailua/Kapaa with 3 lanes each way of asphalt cement and traffic. Actually it won’t be as bad as Oahu is because there is not the same number of cars nor the economy of Oahu. It’s not great but if we get the funds it will be an improvement.

  2. coolio October 22, 2019 6:56 am Reply

    In other words, It ain’t happening…EVER!!

  3. Richard Gontarek October 22, 2019 9:55 am Reply

    You know it’s getting worse when there’s traffic on 581.

  4. omg watnow October 22, 2019 9:56 am Reply

    YEAH YEAH YEAH. . . . Start putting ACTION to your WORDS. or SHUT UP and GET TO WORK.

  5. Dt October 22, 2019 5:42 pm Reply

    At the meeting will be discussions of how nothing has been done. Then it will be about a bunch of overly expensive ideas, that now cannot get done due to lack of money. Maybe we should increase taxes!

  6. Jim Cummings October 23, 2019 8:54 am Reply

    How about focusing on the unsafe road conditions from the entrance of tree tunnel road all the way through Koloa and into Poipu, including the Poipu bypass road? I operate a motorcycle and should I hit one of those pot holes, It’s not going to go well for me. Shame shame!!!

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