During the West Kaua‘i Community Plan (WKCP) process, reducing traffic congestion and improving safety for all roadway users was identified as a goal by the West Side Community. Within this goal, the objectives identified that could apply to Waimea 400 are to:
Provide or implement safe roadway solutions to maintain safe traffic conditions during peak traffic times (2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and community events;
Develop a connected walking route through the town; and
Consider additional pedestrian safety improvements along Kaumuali‘i Highway.
Waimea 400 has the opportunity to include safe routes to school interior to the site and off the highway, connecting Waimea and Kekaha through pedestrian and bike paths on the property. The pictures below are from the WKCP showing possible routes within the property.
Are there any current transportation projects that might impact Waimea 400? The Department of Public Works for the County of Kaua‘i has two projects currently in the early planning phase to build multimodal improvements from Waimea to Kekaha town:
A shared-use path from Carl Furutani Street in Waimea along the mauka side of Kaumuali‘i Highway to Kekaha Road, and
A shared-use path, sidewalk, and/or bike lanes along Kekaha Road from Kaumuali‘i Highway to Akialoa Road, and along Akialoa Road from Kekaha Road to Kaumuali‘i Highway.
The Department of Public Works’ planning and design process will include charrettes and/or public meetings where community members will be able to provide their design recommendations.