DOT Traffic

Traffic Concerns

The Kapaa Business Association has been an active participant in efforts to improve traffic flow on Kauai’s East side. Directors meet regularly with the State Department of Transportation (DOT) and county officials representing the interests of the businesses and residents of Kauai’s east side. KBA has participated in the development and prioritization of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). To view the status of the current STIP for the years 2004 – 2006 and 2006 – 2008 visit the State Department of Transportation’s site at

KBA Directors are currently writing their 3rd position paper in response to the latest proposing interim solutions that incorporate the long-term Relief Route. The document will again be presented to DOT staff, the Governor, Mayor and County representatives in September. KBA will host a general membership meeting at the end of October at which the current status of Kauai transportation projects will be presented by Mr. Brennon Morioka, Deputy Director of Highways for the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation.

KBA TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wailua Bridge After 7 years of the KBA pressing the Dept. Of Transportation (D.O.T.), and our politicians to get this project started D.O.T. has begun the bridge project which was awarded to Unlimited Construction on January 13, 2009. This project includes the replacement of the existing single lane bridge across the Wailua river with a new two lane prefabricated bridge. In addition the new bridge will carry the multi-use path on the makai side of the bridge.

The project started just past the cane haul bridge on the Lihue side and ends on the Kapaa side at Kuamoo Road. The cost of the bridge originally projected at $19M is now $23M The Hawaii D.O.T. and the Contractor are currently working through the final stages of construction and completion is expected between early August November 2010.

Below you will find the DOT report (n 4 pieces because of it’s size) which just came out (8-15-15) which is 143 page report in which the KBA as well as other local groups were involved in helping decide the future of traffic in Kapaa.

KapaaTransportationSolns82015_Cover thru Ch2

KapaaTransportationSolns82015_Ch3 partial

KapaaTransportationSolns82015_Ch3 cont thru References



The KBA along with the Kapaa Neighborhood Center Association the Kauai Visitor Bureau and other small community groups have met to create a committee to work with the Department of Transportation to identify the Kapaa/Wailua corridors most critical traffic bottlenecks. The Kapaa Traffic Solutions committee has met twice with DOT and has created a list of priorities. Due to lack of funds available at the state level the committee has been made to understand only those priorities that are already appropriated shovel ready or those that can be least costly can be acted on right away.

The easiest and least expensive items that are being addressed are:

1) Review and adjust the timing of the traffic lights and 2) Extend the contra flow till 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm.


Latest update.


  • Add lane on Kuhio Hwy from Wailua Bridge to by-pass (maybe this year)
  • Additional extended southbound right turn-off lane along Kuhio Hwy., (front of Coco Palms) to more easily access Kuamoo Rd.
  • Widen Kapa‘a Bypass north of Olohena Road (at Round-a-bout) by adding one north bound lane, include pedestrian and bicycle facilities.  Improve intersection at Kuhio Hwy. and Kapaa Bypass (north intersection).
  • Heading North at Kawaihau intersection, add a by-pass lane on Kuhio Hwy on the right that flows through. (example Hanamaulu Flow Through)
  • Move the merge area for Northbound Kuhio Hwy. (before Foodland).
  • Terminate Hauaala Road at Kuhio Hwy with cul-de-sac.  Create new connection from Haua‘ala Rd. to Kapa‘a Bypass north of stream.

Enhance pedestrian safety at the crosswalk, such as installing a raised median/pedestrian refuge.

  • Close East leg of Kukui St. and convert Kukui St. between Kuhio Hwy. and Inia St. to business parking.  Reallocate traffic signal green time to Kuhio Hwy. movements.  Relocate stop bar on southbound Kuhio Hwy. to closer to Hului‘i St.  Route traffic form closed Kukui St., to north (Niu Street) or south (Kauwila Street).


  • Improve Pouli Road and extend mauka from shopping center to the Kapaa Bypass.  Pouli Road approach to be stop-controlled.

Here is the pdf from Dept. of Transport that relates to what is planned from our involvement in the process throughout the last few years:

Kapaa Traffic Fact Sheet