Karsten Thot Bridge Repair Project

18 09 2014

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The Hawaii State Department of Transportation (DOT) Karsten Thot Bridge Repair Project will begin in February 2015 and take 13 months to complete. The scope of work entails the repair of the deteriorated steel bridge framing, railings and connections, and the concrete cracks and spalls in the concrete deck slab and abutments. The bridge will also be repainted.

The work on the bridge will require one lane closures from Sunday to Thursday nights from 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. There will also be a full closure of the bridge for a maximum of six nights, with no more than 3 consecutive nights Sunday to Thursday from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The timeline for the scheduled work and full closure of the bridge will be provided by the contractor, who will be required to notify the public, including nearby residents and businesses, the Honolulu Police Department, the Honolulu Fire Department, the Emergency Services Department, Oahu Transit Services, the Department of Transportation Services and the military bases.

Due to scaffolding needed for the repair of the overhead portion of the bridge at the beginning of the project, there will be a height restriction of 12’0” for approximately 6 months.

A State Department of Transportation public informational meeting is scheduled for:

Karsten Thot Bridge Repair Project Meeting

Thursday, September 18, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wahiawa District Park, Hale Hookipa Building Multipurpose Room

Council Chair Ernie Martin on KHON2 regarding the Karsten Thot Bridge Repair Project.

Council Chair Ernie Martin Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence

16 09 2014

purple ribbonA decent respect for the law should dictate zero tolerance for domestic violence in our community. Justice for the victims of this crime is often elusive when fear of revenge results in silence. How much more terrifying can it be for a victim when abuse comes from the hands of a law enforcement officer?

The HPD needs to act impartially to address the case of the police sergeant caught in a display of abusive behavior. To protect public confidence in our law enforcement, steps must be taken immediately to demonstrate that zero tolerance.

The Honolulu City Council has consistently supported programs responding to the problems of abuse. The current budget contains more than six million dollars for the City Prosecutor to open and operate a Family Justice Center on Oahu. Domestic violence must be stopped and the Honolulu Police Department needs to be part of the solution, not the problem.

Ernie Martin

Honolulu City Council Chair

September 16, 2014


Council Chair Ernie Martin’s Letter to the Editor was published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Wahiawa People’s Open Market Temporarily Relocated

26 08 2014

WGH_WelcomeSignThe People’s Open Market at Wahiawa District Park will be temporarily relocated from the California Avenue/North Cane Street lot to the Kilani Avenue parking lot beginning today, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 until further notice.

The parking lot on California Avenue is being repaved and is scheduled to be completed before the end of this year.

The People’s Open Market at Wahiawa District Park is held year round on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Walk Wise Hawaii – Pedestrian Awareness Month

21 08 2014

Here is Council Chair Ernie Martin’s August 20, 2014 North Shore News column reprinted courtesy of the North Shore News.

NSN Article_8-20-14

Council Chair Ernie Martin Accepts National Committee Appointment

1 08 2014

NACo photo

Martin Named to National Post

Council Chair Ernie Martin and Councilmember Ann Kobayashi Introduce Resolution to Aid Homeowners

31 07 2014


News Release - Resolution 14-179See resolution here: Resolution 14-179.

Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path Meeting on July 29th

23 07 2014

Ke Ala Pupukea Bike PathAloha,

My name is Vance Farrant and I was fortunate to be raised on the beautiful North Shore. I am in the Class of 2017 at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. This summer I had the opportunity to intern in the office of Council Chair Ernie Martin and have developed a community project as a part of my internship. As a lifelong resident of the North Shore I am excited to work with community groups and individuals to make a positive impact on our community.

My chosen project is to work with the community to restore and improve the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path, a treasure in our beloved North Shore that runs from Three Tables to Oopuola Street. Visitors and locals alike use this path daily. The Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path is now almost 20 years old and is in need of maintenance. That is why I am developing a plan for revitalization of the bike path and would greatly appreciate input and support from community members like YOU!

I have met with community members who have concerns about the current condition of the bike path and have recently traveled the length of the path to identify areas of concern myself. If you have concerns about specific areas of the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path please email your concerns to malamakealapupukeabikepath@gmail.com. Please include the location and a description of your concern in the email. I will be compiling these concerns and present them in one organized document to Chris Sayers, the Bicycle Coordinator for the City and County of Honolulu.

There will be an informational meeting about the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path Revitalization Plan on Tuesday, July 29th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at the Sunset Beach Recreation Center. This meeting provides an opportunity for members of the community and community groups to come together to discuss how we can work together to improve the condition of the bike path. Please take the time to attend the meeting for more specific information on the plan which includes opportunities for community members and groups to adopt sections of the bike path to assist in the restoration and maintenance of the path. Please invite your friends and neighbors to attend as we all work together to care for Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path.

Please join me in my quest to do more than just restore the Ke Ala Pupukea Bike Path. Let’s work together to make it better than it ever was before!


Vance Farrant

Intern in the Office of Council Chair Ernie Martin


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