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One-Way Traffic Pattern Returns For Part of Morning on Waiānuenue Avenue in Hilo During School Days

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The 2022-23 school year begins Monday, Aug. 1, and with it comes a change in traffic flow for a portion of the mornings on a Hilo roadway while school is in session.

A one-way traffic pattern for Waiānuenue Avenue, from the intersection with Komohana Street to Kamehameha Avenue, returns from 7:15-8 a.m. during school days beginning Monday. The Hawaiʻi Police Department will increase traffic enforcement efforts to ensure a safe transition back to the one-way traffic pattern. Those who do not obey the one-way traffic pattern face a $97 fine.

Big Island police encourage motorists to drive safely when approaching school zones. Here are some tips to keep in mind as keiki return to classes:

  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling.
  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus might dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.

Motorists also should obey the school bus “flashing signal light system,” which is used to alert motorists of pending actions:

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.
  • Red flashing lights and extended “Stop” arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the “Stop” arm is withdrawn and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

The county Department of Public Works appreciates the community’s support in practicing cautious driving to help keep keiki safe.


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