By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar
HILO, Hawaii: In our Hilo report, we look at another area of concern on the statewide pedestrian plan.
This one is known to just about anyone who has driven over the singing bridge during a time of high surf in Hilo Bay, when crowds gather to check out the waves.
According to the state’s draft plan, in the area of the Bayfront Highway and Kaipalaoa Landing there is a need to accommodate pedestrians that cross the busy road.
It says pedestrians cross where Waianuenue Avenue intersects with the highway. Existing sidewalks from downtown lead towards this intersection, so it is understandable that pedestrians looking to access the waterfront would choose to cross in this location.
The state is proposing to Conduct a traffic signal study to install a series of marked crosswalks to link Downtown Hilo to the waterfront.