HONOLULU — The state Department of Transportation advises Oahu motorists of multiple lane closures on Fort Weaver Road in both directions between Papipi Road and North Road on Wednesday, February 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crews will be removing an unsignalized crosswalk on Fort Weaver Road at the Makule Street intersection in response to community concerns about highway safety. Pedestrians will be re-routed to two signalized crosswalks at either Papipi Road (approximately 450 feet north of Makule Road) or Aikanaka Road (approximately 430 feet south of Makule Road). A special duty police officer will be present Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning and afternoon to direct pedestrians.
The change is being implemented due to community concerns about the safety of the unsignalized crosswalk. In late 2013, a request was made to DOT by area legislators, community and neighborhood board members to evaluate the safety of the crosswalk. A request to install a traffic signal for the crosswalk was evaluated but rejected, as traffic flow would be negatively impacted due to the increased delays caused by having three signals within a span of 900 feet. DOT engineers recommended that pedestrians use the signalized crosswalks at Papipi Road or Aikanaka Road and that the unsignalized crosswalk be removed.
Alternating multiple lane closures will be used during Wednesday’s work. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes when possible and to expect delays.