Target: Michael D. Formby, Director of the Department of Transportation
Goal: Commend Department of Transportation on plans to rehabilitate major freeway
The Hawaii State Department of Transportation (DOT) will soon begin a rehabilitation project for the heavily used H-1 Freeway on the island of Oahu. The project is estimated to take one year to complete, and will include improving drainage, upgrading lighting, resurfacing lanes, and adding an additional lane. The project will cost an estimated forty-two million dollars, with eighty percent being paid for by federal monies and twenty percent by the state.
According to INRIX, a traffic information company, Honolulu is the second most congested city in the nation, beaten out only by Los Angeles. This distinction is not news to Oahu residents. The traffic problem has been a source of frustration for many. The repairs and adding another lane to the freeway are expected to help the overall traffic problem. Even though construction will be conducted during low use times, this project will require as many as 120 nights of full-lane closures in one direction at a time, and residents will need to use alternate routes. This drawback has been a major reason why the project has been put off in the past. However, there is never a good time to perform repairs and make serious changes to regularly used freeways.
By implementing these plans, the DOT shows its commitment to solving major issues affecting the public. While construction is never ideal, the DOT recognizes that performing these repairs will increase the safety of the freeway, and that adding a lane will, in the long run, help alleviate driver frustration. By signing the petition below, you will commend the DOT on their freeway rehabilitation plans.
Dear Michael D. Formby,
The DOT’s plans to resurface lanes, upgrade lighting, improve drainage, and add a lane to the H-1 Freeway are deserving of praise. It is never an ideal time to perform this type of rehabilitation on a heavily traveled freeway. However, these repairs and adjustments will make the highway safer and, in the long run, less congested for drivers.
Honolulu is the second-worst congested city in the nation, and residents have been crying out for a solution. While adding one lane will not completely alleviate the issue, it is a good start.
The DOT’s plans show a commitment to the safety and happiness of the people of Oahu. We would like to commend you and the department on the H-1 Freeway Rehabilitation Project.
[Your Name Here]
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