Ask the Mayor: Can You Install a Green Arrow at Keawe Street?
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.
Q: As an employee of the Hyatt night shift for 30+ years, it seems to me that if you could put a constant, green, blinking, right-turn arrow at the Keawe Street intersection, where almost everyone nearly comes to a stop before turning right onto Honoapiʻilani Highway, people would continue into their right turn a bit quicker. When that third stoplight facing us on the far right turns red, people just naturally slow or even stop. Make it green all the time, with a right-turn arrow. It wouldn’t be a “silver bullet,” but it would definitely help.
A: Interesting thought. I’ve had our Department of Public Works pass along your idea to the State Department of Transportation which controls that intersection, not the county. So far though I have heard less and less complaints about the new bypass and even a few compliments about how it is helping reduce the drive time to and from West Maui. Personally I believe the state should continue extending the bypass by constructing more phases, especially to Kāʻanapali where you and many others commute to and from work on a daily basis.
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