Updated at 4:30 p.m. to include a correction from DOT noting that it is not a “no left turn” but rather a “no outlet.” A previous release from DOT was erroneous.
A “no outlet” restriction from 29th Avenue, also known as Poni Moi Avenue, onto Kea`au Pahoa Road (Highway 130) between the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. will be put into place on a trial basis.
The restriction will run Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and state holidays beginning on February 19 and running through March 5.
Uncontrolled access along Highway 130 was identified as a safety concern in the Final Environmental Assessment for the Keaau Pahoa Road Improvements. HDOT will consider limiting the number of access points to the highway in portions of the corridor in accordance with the recommendations from the Environmental Assessment.
“We are constantly exploring cost-efficient and effective ways to improve our highways system,” said HDOT Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen. “Hawaii District crews have observed A.M. traffic building in this area due in part to multiple side street connections to the highway. We are limiting access from 29th Avenue as a test to evaluate the benefits and impacts of the restriction.”
Signage to notify motorists of the “no outlet” restriction, as well as traffic control devices, will be placed at the intersection to alert motorists to the trial.