King Street parking structure use gets green light, but traffic light delayed

Federal Transit officials give nod to allow city parking

Published  4:50 PM HST Sep 23, 2013
HONOLULU -

It may be about another month and a half before some 400 city workers get to park in a lot new lot after it has sat mostly empty for more than a year.

But city officials say design work on a new traffic light is just getting underway.

“That traffic light will help the flow of traffic out of the parking lot when it’s full," said city transportation services director Mike Formby.

Only about 40 workers with the Honolulu Police Department use the structure.

The city has to now consult with the unions on just who else gets to park

now that a federal restriction that hung up its use has been cleared.

"The unions want to make sure we are fair and equitable with our process, now there is a wait list for employees at the civic center lot of about 200," Formby said.

Formby said this will also allow other city workers interested in getting parking on the list.

Formby believes there will be enough workers on different shifts which will help avoid a traffic problem. 

“I don't think it will be a problem, but we will have to monitor it. Hopefully, it won't be," said Formby.

Besides the new light, the city is also studying a plan to move the Cooke Street crosswalk and bus stop.

Formby says it doesn't make sense to have motorists to stop for pedestrian traffic twice in one block area.

 But in addition to those changes, a city is looking to put in a new standard for bike lanes on King street.

"So the bike lane will be inside on the curb, and parking will be on the outside. So, you don't have biking right alongside the motorist. It's done all over the United States and its done all over the world, and is predominate in Europe so it would be a separated bike lane," said Formby.

All of these changes for King Street are in the works before the actual traffic management center is built.

Construction on the new building is slated to start next year. The plan is to have it up and running in 2016.

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