State can’t get the timing of traffic lights right

A Dec. 21 letter writer singing praises for the new Lahaina bypass prompted me to comment on my experience of the new road. (The letter writer’s right, the views are “spectacular” and worth checking out.)

I was on the west side on business recently, and with time to spare I decided to give the newly opened section a try. I entered the bypass at the north end, via Keawe Street, and took it south to its intersection with Hokiokio Street.

A nice ride, for sure. But, when I reached the Hokiokio/Honoapiilani Highway intersection, I found myself waiting several minutes for a green light so I could turn toward Olowalu. After three solid minutes-plus without a green, I went through the red light (only when the way was clear and safe).

As usual, the state Department of Transportation has allowed for yet another poorly timed traffic signal. When will it ever get traffic signal timing – management – right? (This applies to the county, too.) Seriously, when?

A final, related thought: I was wondering if motorists were directed to the bypass by police after the fatal pedestrian accident Monday night that closed down the highway through town. I truly hope someone was akamai enough to think of it.

Bruce Wheeler