Priorities Listed of State Advisory Task Force Members on Highway 130

Here are where the priorities lie for the Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group members that are working on the Highway 130 Project.

METHODOLOGY: For this exercise, KPAG members were each given green, yellow, blue, and red dots (six of each color) and instructions on what each dot should represent in the exercise. Green dots would be placed on the most important criteria which must be met in the final alternative for it to be successful. Yellow dots would be placed on very important criterion that should be considered; but if it is not fully met, the project should still move forward. Blue dots represent criteria are nice to
have, but are not absolutely essential. Red dots represent the least important criteria which do not need to be met in the final alternative.


KPAG members were given the opportunity to add to the list of evaluation criteria. Several new evaluation criteria were added by the group. Members were then instructed to place the color dots on the poster list of potential evaluation criteria.

(Number to left is how many votes the idea or concept got)

Top Priority Category: “These are the most important criteria. They must be met in the final alternative for it to be successful.

17 Redesign intersections to improve safety (for example, roundabouts or
traffic signals)
11 Reduce number of points-of-conflict (for example, right and left turning
lanes)
10 Increase roadway safety for vehicles (for example, lane width)
9 Safe use of roadway for transit, school buses, and bus riders (for example,
bus pullouts, bus waiting area)
8 Safe use of roadway for pedestrians (for example, sidewalks)
7 Reduce congestion and delay and improve levels-of-service (LOS) at all
times of day (for example, add lanes)

“Middle Priority Criteria: This is a very important criterion that should be considered; but if it is not fully met, the project should still move forward.”
17 Does it fit in the existing R.O.W.
15 Reduce congestion during peak hours (for example, reversible lanes, use
of shoulders)
11 Retain the rural character of The Puna District
9 Improve drainage
6 Impacts on the environment, including air quality, noise, flora and fauna

Lowest Priority Criteria:  These criteria are nice to have, but are not absolutely essential.
15 Costs of improvements
14 Provides for better emergency access
11 Landscape medians and road sides
9 Improvements can be made in stages or phases
9 Improve lighting for the entire length
7 Preserve scenic views (e.g. scenic pullouts)
7 Add raised median to separate vehicles and for rest points for pedestrian
crossing
6 Create connections between Hwy 130 and any new alternative route
5 Time and cost involved in land acquisition
4 Use landscape materials from the area
2 Flexibility
0 Use interpretive signage to direct residents and visitors to major locations
0 Bury utility lines
0 Canopy Trees

In case your wondering about the tally’s.  There were was not a full KPAG board at the meeting.

Other note of interest… It was not a secret vote.  I waited until all members were done with their votes… and I simply stacked my 6 votes on the categories that I knew would make actually have a say in the process since some of the stuff I wanted was already out of the picture.

It was a very non-scientific method and I find it very interesting that $56 Million dollars in funding is being allocated based on decisions such as these.

One Response

  1. Speaking of improving traffic flow during peak hours… (which I am surprised is not a highest priority)

    Is it me or is the traffic home worse since the new traffic pattern was put in (the no right on red turn at Keaau school)? I think because it is causing the traffic light to trigger more often, it creates a bigger backup on the highway that doesn’t have enough time to clear before the next wave hits.

    Did the department take any data before and after the change to help it evaluate whether there has been a positive or negative change?

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