Hawaii residents protests barriers in North ShoreUPDATED 5:16 PM HST Dec 08, 2013Video Transcript
One lane, each direction... too many cars. It's the north shore problem that wont go away. Good evening. I'm Pamela Young. The state and residents are grappling over traffic issues. KITV4's Brenton Awa is back from a protest at Laniakea Beach. NATS HONKING OR SOMETHING ELSE We hear about it every couple of weeks ... NATPOP "TRAFFIC AT LANIAKEA BEACH." NATPOP "WHAT'S GOING ON?" NATPOP "A TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE." Residents have been dealing with the headache for years... 1849 - 1855 - MIKE BIECHLER - END TURTLE TRAFFIC "THIS SUMMER IT WAS ALMOST UNBEARABLE. IT WAS AN HOUR AND A HALF DRIVE TO GET FROM HALEIWA TO HERE." The problem is that too many people park across from Laniakea Beach and walk across the highway, many of them to see turtles. The state's short term plan is to block this parking area with barriers. The idea is to keep traffic flowing NATPOP - REAL QUICK 20 frames? by lowering the number of people crossing the highway. But protesters are calling out the state's decision. 11:15 - 11:18 - LARRY MCELHENY - PUPUKEA RESIDENT "PUTTING THESE BARRIERS HERE IS LUDICROUS TO ME." Opponents say the state didn't listen to the community. Residents took an informal vote on the barriers -- back in September. With a majority AGAINST the plan. 2330 - 2337 - GIL RIVIERE - FORMER TASK FORCE MEMBER "THE TASK FORCE SPOKE CLEARLY AGAINST THE BARRIERS AND THE DEPARTMENT SAID IT DOESN'T MATTER, WE'RE DOING IT ANYWAY." Still -- some of the community side with the state -- saying any action -- is better than no action. But protestors tell us -- that's the opinion of just a few. 1441 - 1448 - MAHINA CHILLINGWORTH - DAHUI "LOOK AT THE HORNS HONKING. THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE HERE THAT ARE AGAINST THESE BARRIERS BUT IT'S SAD THAT THE DOT IS NOT LISTENING." These residents fear the state's temporary solution will become permanent. 2557 - 2603 - RENO ABELLIRA - SURFER "IT'S LIKE CLOSING OUR STADIUM, IT'S LIKE CLOSING A STADIUM THAT HAS A HIGH ACCESS RATE." Meanwhile -- some say the traffic mess is already clearing up. Because of the small steps -- like issuing parking citations and tour companies that have been taking their business -- farther down the road. 10:30 - 10:34 - LARRY MCELHENY - PUPUKEA RESIDENT "THE TRAFFIC SITUATION HAS IMPROVED CONSIDERABL Y BECAUSE OF THAT." We talked with a Department of Transportation spokesperson today who tells us that the barriers are still scheduled to be put up by the end of the year. They'll block off the parking area for one month as the D-O-T says it'll monitor the projects effectiveness to determine whether the barriers should stay for a longer period of time.