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Zig Zag lines to be installed on Kinoole Street (Oct. 30)


Zig Zag lines, a traffic calming measure, will be painted onto Kinoole Street by Waiakeawaena Elementary School, beginning 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

Expect delays as one lane will be closed. Traffic guards will be posted to direct traffic.

For more information, call the 24/7 hotline at 334-9559.

UPDATED 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10

Noelani Whittington, of the county Department of Public Works, offers the additional information of zigzag lines and traffic calming methods on the Big Island:

What is Traffic Calming?

The County of Hawaii uses traffic calming devises in residential areas to encourage motorists to drive the speed limit speed, making our local streets and neighborhoods safer and more livable.

Traffic calming reduces accidents, collisions, fatalities, and pollution in our communities by compelling drivers to slow down, enabling them to better react to unexpected situations such as a child darting across the street.

Traffic calming devices used by the County of Hawaii include:

* Center Islands and Chokers

* Roundabouts and Traffic circles

* Speed Humps and Speed Tables

* Smart (or Radar) Signs

*  Zigzag Pavement Markings

Zigzag lines

Hawaii County uses innovative traffic calming devices such as zigzag pavement markings. Zigzag lines are painted on the street at busy intersections and in school zones to get motorists’ attention to slow down, making our streets and highways safer for everyone.

Other markings on county roads include the center lines, crosswalks, stop and turn symbols, no passing and safety zones, and parking spaces.

To report markings that are faded or need attention, call the Traffic Division at 961-8341.

2 Responses to “Zig Zag lines to be installed on Kinoole Street (Oct. 30)”

  1. Barb Weller says:

    I’ve just reviewed the Hawaii driver’s manual and there is no mention of these zig zag lines. Whose idea was this? And are these lines merely a suggestion of how to drive, a confusing distraction, or is there a statute behind them? A traffic calming measure? How very zen! Perhaps a little driver’s education might be in order.

  2. parv says:

    I don’t know about the calming of the traffic, but last I read long time ago about them, & follow as such, was that it allows a vehicle to move around stationery ones which otherwise should be moving. That means if you would have to cross in the other lane, no big deal, unlikes crossing solid line on your side.

    Somebody else would have to comment right of way though.


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