Monday, January 14, 2008

Fort Weaver Road Rage

I'm a pretty calm guy. I really never used to get too upset when I'm driving. Until I moved to Iroquois Point, all the way at the end of Ewa Beach.

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Fort Weaver Road would give a Saint Road Rage.

I live 16 miles from Wheeler Army Airfield, where I work. It takes me anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes to get to work in the morning (I leave my house around 6:30am). In the afternoon (I leave work at 4:30pm) it's a good day if I make it home in 45 minutes ... right around 1 hour is much more normal.

There's a bottle neck at the top of the road, near the Hospital. It can sometimes take 15 or 20 minutes to travel about a mile, at the wrong time of day.

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One thing that's unique about driving on Ft. Weaver road (and Hawaii in general) is that you usually move faster through traffic if you stay as far to the Right as you can. This totally counterintuitive. The first week or so that I was driving home, I did what I thought was normal, and got in the far left lane ... which increase my drive time by at least 10 minutes.

Now, as soon as I come over the Farrington Highway overpass, I get as far to the right as possible.

Over time, I've found a few good radio stations that keep me interested on the long drive home. This has helped a bit. And truth be told, I don't really get mad at the other drivers. But ...

I have absolutely no love for Gentry homes (who've built a couple thousand new houses in Ewa Beach over the past few years), and the politicians who approved all this building without first making sure we had the infrastructure to support it.

Oh well, I can this is just a little more of the price we pay for Living in Paradise.

Keep havin FuN!
Todd

5 comments:

  1. That makes no sense! Why is the normal "hammer lane" the slow lane in Hawaii?

    I work 31 miles from home and it take me a good 45 minutes to get there, but then again I drive straight through Evansville instead of taking the I-164 bypass.

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  2. I have no idea why the left lane always seems to go slower here. There's definitely an "art" to driving on Hawaii roads during rush hour. Knowing at what point to change from the right to left lane, and vise versa can easily shave up to 10 minutes off a trip.

    I think I've only driven through Evansville once or Twice. I was stationed at Scott AFB IL (near St Louis) a couple of years ago. Most of my trips west took me north on 70 through Indy.

    There's no such thing as a "long trip" distance wise, here in Hawaii. But the flip side is, you can easily go weeks without ever breaking 60 mph.

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  3. I bought a house in Ewa in 2005 after moving to Hawaii. I wish i had done my research. The widening of Fort Weaver will be fruitless with 900+ homes slated to go up by developer Haseko. I'm selling a home in softening market and it is a pain in the butt, but I'm moving out of Ewa.

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  4. travel insurance guruAugust 25, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    "One thing that’s unique about driving on Ft. Weaver road (and Hawaii in general) is that you usually move faster through traffic if you stay as far to the Right as you can. This totally counterintuitive."
    thanks for the info , actually i myself never paid any close attention to it :(
    i guess we need special research on this traffic now

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  5. of course the right lane moves faster, you can turn right on red but you can't turn left on red. duh. also why blame gentry the traffic moves fine after passing renton road. which i might add is not part of gentry. also the traffic basically starts at renton road in the morning. the extra lane the state added has greatly improved the flow. now it takes from 2 minutes up to 5 minutes to travel the 4 miles from the freeway offramp to kolowaka. what sets my road rage it all the dummies who drive up fort weaver and want to cut into the freeway on ramp lane at the end...they stop in the left lane causing people going up thru kunia to have to stop and wait.
    it makes everyone in the freeway lane slam on their brakes because these drivers feel the need to force their way in.
    the north south road is a nice, but longer drive.

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