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Barriers expected to be placed across Laniakea Beach before the year's end

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Nov 20 2013 09:32:00 PM HST

As a blockade to the roadside parking lot at Laniakea along Kamehameha highway gets closer, residents express their thoughts on the issue.

HALEIWA, Hawaii -

The Hawaii Department of Transportation will soon implement a project that places barriers along the mauka side of Kamehameha highway near Laniakea beach to eliminate parking in that area.

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"It's a loss anyway you look at it because they waited so long on it," said Earl Dahlin, a Haleiwa resident.

"Finally, whether you agree with it or not, something is being done," said Michael Lyons, a community activist.

Residents might not see eye to eye on this short term fix, but the concrete barriers are coming and expected to be here by the end of the year.

"There's been hundreds of hours wasted in traffic, hundreds of dollars of gasoline being sucked up by residents," said Lyons. "Whether we like it or not, now we have a reference point."

The barriers will block off the lot for one month. The Department of Transportation says it'll monitor the projects effectiveness to determine whether they should stay, but some believe the DOT has already made it's decision.

"Whenever the state does anything, a temporary becomes a permanent fix," said Dahlin.

Earl Dahlin worries the barriers will bring bigger problems, prompting beach-goers to illegally park across the street and throughout the neighborhood, creating more hazards and added work for police, but the Haleiwa resident's main concern is safety.

"It's kind of unsafe when you have anywhere from four to 10 people crossing that bridge at once, it becomes a traffic hazard right there," said Dahlin.

The goal of the project is to increase pedestrian safety by reducing the number of jay walkers. Given that this is a problem over 10 years in the making, some residents are ready to try just about anything.

"Lets see how it works out, you'll always have people on both sides but until we do it where's the evidence," said Lyons.

The no parking signs will remain up through Thursday while crews do maintenance and prep work. This is just a short term solution, the long term Kamehameha highway re-alignment project is still in the works.

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