|Extension of Makakilo Drive (mar13)|
|Written by Frank Genadio|
|Thursday, February 28 2013|
Depending on location on the hill that makes up Makakilo city (with a 2010 census of 18,000+ residents-and new building continuing unabated), drivers using a programmed Makakilo Drive Extension could save between two and ten miles on a roundtrip town-bound. Using an average of six miles and a conservative estimate of 6,000 vehicles each weekday (conservative because 2-3 years old screenline counts indicate 13,000-16,000 vehicles per day each way on the Drive, with the likelihood of 7,000-8,000 vehicles that would currently benefit from use of an extension), 36,000 fewer miles would be driven daily. The average worker will make that commute about 230 days per year (assuming ten holidays and 20 vacation/sick leave days), saving 8,280,000 miles yearly for 6,000 drivers. Of the remaining 135 days, perhaps one third, or 45 days, will also involve trips toward town, resulting in another 1,620,000 miles saved yearly, for a total of 9,900,000 fewer miles driven by Makakilo residents yearly. Using an average vehicle yield of 25 miles per gallon, 396,000 fewer gallons would be consumed. There also would be the indirect benefit of relieving pressure on the current H-1 interchange, reducing back-ups in each direction on the Drive, and reducing carbon emissions as a complementary environmental benefit.
Update: The North-South Interchange has now been open for three years, meaning that more than one million gallons of gasoline have already been wasted. The $4 million+ spent so far has, of course, come out of consumers' pockets (i.e., not from any DTS budget).
It is unlikely that any other current road project on OMPO priority lists would come near providing the gasoline savings that the Drive's extension would produce. OMPO discussions over the years have usually given priority to second access projects for safety reasons; the cost savings (for residents) add to the positive impact that would result from an extension of the Drive. Bottom line: It is up to OMPO and the area's representatives to get this project moving because, otherwise, the city administration and DTS will apparently continue to ignore the needs of the people on the hill. Mahalo and Aloha
Short History of Effort to Extend Makakilo Drive
Campbell Estate booklet showing an extended Makakilo Drive 1993
(Graphic from booklet attached. NOTE: A lady at one of the Neighborhood Board meetings said that extension of the road had been discussed since 1978.)
Extension of Makakilo Drive listed on TOP 2025 as Project E-14 March 2001
(Cost estimated at $8.5 million. Applicable page from plan attached.) NOTE: The North-South Road and Interchange, Kapolei Interchange, Kapolei Parkway Extension to Ewa Beach, and Mauka Frontage Road from Makakilo Drive to Kalaeloa Boulevard also are listed. The TOP 2025 does not mention the East-West Road, Kapolei Parkway Extension through West Kapolei, Kamokila Boulevard, a Roosevelt Road Connection, or Kama'aha Avenue; all of these projects will be completed before the Makakilo Drive Extension is finished (or possibly even started).
Castle & Cooke announces plans to build 270 homes at top of hill March 2004
(Included in the presentation on Palehua East B made to the Makakilo Community Association was C&C's intent to extend and widen the Drive by about 3,000 linear feet at a cost to the company of $4.3 million. By their estimate, this would leave about 3,200 linear feet to the new H-1 interchange. NOTE: Extension was not quite that long; about 4,000 linear feet remain.)
CAC proposes Drive extension as its #1 project for the FY2006-2008 TIP February 2005
(CAC recommendations to OMPO's Policy Committee were made in three categories. Extension of the Drive was listed as Project #1 in Category #1.)
Drive extension listed as Project 282 on 2030 ORTP initial list March 2005
(This is an unconstrained list of many projects.)
Drive extension on Draft FY2006-2008 TIP as Project C-9 May 2005
(TIP showed $375,000 for planning [80% federal] in FY2006, nothing for design and construction in FYs 2007-2008.)
State delegation adds $500,000 to Drive project May 2005
(Announced at Neighborhood Board meeting; later placed in FY2006 TIP as additional planning funds.)
Drive placed in 2016-2030 time period in 2030 ORTP, at $97.8 million February 2006
(Following complaints via e-mail to many officials, OMPO moved Drive back into the 2007-2015 time period.)
Projects for Consideration in the FYs 2008-2011 TIP
Project: Makakilo Drive Extension-Plan, design, and construct the extension of Makakilo Drive from the Palehua subdivision to the H-1 freeway.
Fiscal Year Work Phase Total ($000) Federal ($000) Local ($000)
FY2008 DES 3.000 0 3.000
FY2009 (No planned expenditure.)
FY2010 CON 15.000 12.000 3.000
INSP 2.250 1.800 .450
Total 17.250 13.800 3.450
FY2011 CON 15.000 12.000 3.000
INSP 2.250 1.800 .450
Total 17.250 13.800 3.450
Notes on Meetings Concerning the Extension of Makakilo Drive
The city's Department of Transportation Services (DTS) sponsored the (first) subject meeting on December 11, 2007 in Makakilo. About 25-30 residents showed up to hear the DTS, with contractors, presentation. Presenters: Brian Suzuki (DTS), Brian Takeda, and Craig Luke.
Scope: A 4-lane roadway from the end of the Castle & Cooke (C&C) project extension down to the new North-South Road interchange at H-1.
Mr. Suzuki later mentioned in an interview with KHON News that he was hoping for completion in 2014-2015. This was quite a comedown for those of us who worked to get construction funding into the FY 2010 Transportation Improvement Program.
Additional meetings of the Makakilo Drive Extension Advisory Committee were held in January, March, and October 2008. At the last meeting, the Drive's extension was projected for: environmental assessment (EA) in November 2008; final plan in January 2009; final EA in March; design start in May; and construction start in 2011, with development expected to take two years. Latest construction cost estimate (at that time) was more than $61 million.
Current TIP May 2011, Rev. 3 Total Amount Programmed (x$1,000) Estimated
(For Info Only) Total
Program FFY FFY FFY FFY FFY FFY Project
Number Project Name 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Cost
OC7 Makakilo Drive Extension 0 0 0 22,550 0 47,410 85,500
All funding shown is for construction, as follows:
FFY2014 - 22,500 local
FFY2016 - 37,928 federal; 9,482 local
written by replica handbags, Sunday, Aug 18, 2013 @ 09:36 PM
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