Traffic signal sensors removed at Hawaii Kai intersections

By Justin Fujioka
Published On: Dec 18 2013 08:41:57 PM HST
Lunalilo Home Road Traffic Light
HONOLULU -

Nobody likes waiting at red lights. Try waiting at one that takes a good five minutes to change.

The city said loop detectors, or traffic signal sensors were removed at several intersections in Hawaii Kai recently for road resurfacing.

Traffic signals at all affected intersections are now temporarily on a set timed rotation, and that's creating big backups.

"It just seems like every time I'm coming or going, I'm waiting," said Hawaii Kai resident Jeff Letterii.

Hawaii Kai resident Ilse Lum said, "I notice I have to wait quite a long time before the light turns green again."

Some motorists said the wait is as much as five minutes at peak times, like rush hour and and when classes get out at Kaiser High School, and is most noticeable at Wailua Street and Hawaii Kai Drive near the post office, along with Lunalilo Home Road at Wailua and at Kaiser High.

But it's not just those behind the wheel complaining.

"The lights are very slow. They're not calibrated right," said Barb Krum, a Hawaii Kai resident that walks her dog daily.

"There's no one going either way but the light continues to be red and I can't cross against," she said.

But others do. KITV spotted a pedestrian crossing illegally.

"I'm anxious to just step on my gas pedal and head, but I don't want to break the law," Lum said. "It frustrates me to sit there when there's no traffic going back and forth."

KITV also saw a driver give up on waiting and make a left turn on red.

"It is frustrating to wait at the red light when there's no traffic," Letterii said. "I'm not sure what's going on over here or what the change has been, but it just seems like we're waiting at the traffic lights an inordinate amount of time compared to the past."

The city says it has no timetable on when the traffic signal sensors will be running again because installation is dependent on the contractor of the road resurfacing project. That's scheduled to be completed in March.

Motorists in Wahiawa said there is a similar situation going on at California Avenue and Nanea Street. The city has also contracted that area for road resurfacing. That project is also scheduled to be completed in March.

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