Kauai Seeks To Fix Traffic Nightmare After 50 Years

Traffic on Kauai is the worst it has ever been. Let us know your ideas to improve the situation. A bypass road around Lihue is being considered.

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43 thoughts on “Kauai Seeks To Fix Traffic Nightmare After 50 Years”

  1. Rework the Kapa’a Bypass to go in both directions and be the primary road with priority over the main road that cuts through town.

  2. I must admit that the only thing I didn’t like when I visited Kauai 20 years ago was that there was only one road around the island. That said, resorts should be required to have shuttles from the airports and if tours would be less expensive, tourists wouldn’t need a car. Then you need to encourage pubic transportation, one thing I loved on Oahu!

  3. What I’ve seen over the years: when you build more roads it brings development of the surrounding land this equals more cars, population, possibly higher cost of living and higher property taxes to pay for all of this. There goes the traffic solving issue, it’s an never ending vicious cycle. It would probably take about 20yrs to see all these changes. Be careful what we wish for, it’s a carrot on a stick, always reaching but never able grasp it. “Welcome to the human Family”😅

  4. Grab some professional from the Northeast(philly),they had a overpass collapse on I-95 and had it repaired in a week just a example and since Kauai Braggs it’s made 200+million a month for the last year And????lay off the bandaiding the whole island at once and do from point A to b one section at a time realizing that people have to go to work,not waste gas,destroying your vehicle etc. No body wants the the infrastructure to grow like it did, but off course it did.. Then again according to the county of Kauai we’ve made 2.4 billion dollars in a year,so get some outside help it’s obvious the D.o.t. is stumped the roads are like Costa Ricas in the 90s except we have alot more money??? Where’s the Money going???bring in the pros please

  5. Free busses and shuttles for the tourists in between the touristy spots will make more room for the locals on the roads.

  6. So excited for Coco Palms. Maybe as a good gesture the hotel investment Utah grp could give the state just enough land to help the improvement of that hwy so they can add another lane in both directions. This would help when hotel opens. Just a thought.

  7. And of course you’d still need pedestrian lights for certain areas or build a pedestrian overpass. Way less time and often for pedestrians. By ABC downtown Kapa’a a 4-way (to all four corners) pedestrian crossing would make it quicker and more efficient for pedestrians and vehicles.
    Let’s get rid of the crawl. It’s time to grow up and move.

  8. One way north through Kapa’a on the existing highway, and south using the bypass road. We can do it now to all alleviate a lot of traffic issues. Traffic will flow much better and a lot more quickly. Imagine no stop lights headed north – no need.

    This will also buy us time to put into place other solutions.

  9. Back in the horse and buggy days, the island doctor lived in Waimea and used the the road that I understand ran along the mountain up behind the jail and then to Wailua River. My understanding is that land above and adjacent to the jail is Hawaiian Homes land. How about a Cooperative road project with HH, following the historical route, so it would create better access for them too, when they start putting infrastructure in place for future development?Dotty

  10. We have been visiting Kauai for over 10 years, staying at Islander on the Beach. The problem has existed for every one of these years. There is no cure so just live with it.

  11. Let’s not go from one extreme to the other. I don’t think any resident of Kauai wants to copy Oahu! The only positive there is the public bus and many areas where you can bike and walk without needing a car! Luckily, creating a 4 to 6 lane highway on Kauai will not happen in our lifetime!

    1. Not sure this has been mentioned, but, how about an elevated rail system? You already have the politicians available to approve it! lol

      1. A senic tollroad along Powerline Trial from Pvil to Omao with exits at all the logical places. It would probably have to be federally built & privately maintained along the lines of the Tri-state tollway (294).


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