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UH Hilo traffic light construction to begin in January

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Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Construction of a traffic light at the main entrance of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus will start January 19, 2009. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists are advised to expect temporary traffic pattern changes and closures to the main entrance until the completion of the project, expected September 22, 2009.

Improvements at the Kawili Street entrance site include a traffic light, left turn, right turn, acceleration and merge lanes, pedestrian crossings and relocation of the drainage ditch. Temporary striping off Kawili Street will start on December 22, 2008. Motorists should expect delays while this work is in progress.

“Kawili Street is a busy street on a curve,” said UH Hilo Chancellor Rose Tseng. “Vehicles on the street have limited sight distance. Students who cross the street often have to run and dodge vehicles, some traveling over 40 mph. This is a safety concern for our students, and the traffic light has become critical for their protection.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of the public during the construction of this vital project.”

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