Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Arterials “‘A super highway through Honolulu, 120 feet wide and running mauka of the business district from Kalihi to Kaimuki ... would be invaluable in solving Honolulu's pressing traffic problem,’ engineer John Rush told the City Council in 1939.” From 1952 to 1962, Honolulu officials kept adding to the Mauka Arterial, described as the first road in the state "tailored to the flight patterns of people." Construction forced the condemnation of more than 500 homes and the moving of several thousand people, tearing old neighborhoods apart. A companion Makai Arterial that would have run past Waikiki, down Ala Moana and along an elevated roadway near the Honolulu waterfront never materialized as planned. An interesting remnant pf that is a stub out to nowhere at the on/off ramps at Kapiʻolani Boulevard to H-1.

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