New Web Site Tracks Traffic in Lower Puna

Something good may have come out of the long lava crisis in Lower Puna.  On March 25, the same day that Hawaiian Volcano Observatory lowered the volcano threat level from “Warning” to “Watch,” the County of Hawaii opened a new Web site:, a free Web based traffic monitoring service for Lower Puna’s Pahoa to Kea`au traffic corridor.  The site is designed to provide commuters with up-to-date information on “Traffic conditions along several transportation corridors that may be affected by the June 27th Lava Flow, including HWY 130.”  The site accesses 30 traffic cameras that refresh their images every three to five minutes.  Color codes on a map tell commuters which sections of the corridor between Kea’au and Pahoa  have “Free Flow,” “Moderate Traffic,” “Heavy Traffic,” or “Stop and Go” conditions.  The “dashboard” page of the site gives estimated travel times for each of eight sections of highway 130 between its junction on  Kahakai Blvd. in Pahoa to its junction with Milo Street, about midway along  and Kea`aua-Pahoa Bypass.  The site also includes live feeds to several cameras monitoring conditions on the lava flows themselves. Icons on the site’s traffic map inform viewers about the locations of traffic incidents, traffic congestion, road construction, adverse weather conditions and “special events.”

“The traffic monitoring system is a part of the County’s overall plan to monitor
traffic flow that may have to be re-routed as a result of the June 27 Lava Flow”  said a press release from the county about the new Web site.  It noted that  “The cameras are government property and specifically programmed to only work
with government equipment. Please kokua and respect this public benefit and

The site also has a page containing links to the Web pages and social media connnections for various state and county agencies, from Hawaii State and County Civil Defense agencies and the Department of Education official sites to Mayor Billy Kenoi’s Twitter feed.

4 replies
  1. Sara Steiner
    Sara Steiner says:

    It’s nice to see our gridlock on webcam. I personally don’t see how too many could benefit from this, because we have to get to work or school at a certain time, and have to leave hopefully early enough. When we get off work we are tired and want to drive home, and don’t want to wait 3 hours ’til traffic slows down, costs too much money and it would be every working day of the week.

  2. Puna Ohana
    Puna Ohana says:

    BIG BROTHER creeping into Puna. Now we are like London.
    People will be sitting in traffic on their ipad/phones looking at themselves in traffic on that website. Great.
    Something Puna REALLY needed. Much more worth the cost than say…cutting down albizias??? Glad we have our priorities right. The lava may or may not ever come across 130, in the meantime albizias take the power out monthly. But hey now we are up to date on public transportation cyber invasion.

  3. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    License plate recognition capable?
    Big Data gets what Big Data wants.
    It’s for your own good.

  4. Sara Steiner
    Sara Steiner says:

    Maybe those are those “Stealth Stat” self-radars and the police have some kind of readers for the info. I remember it was last year, Gregor and Fresh introduced the bills, I emailed as to what stealth stats were. Gregor’s office responded to his part, but Mr. O didn’t..

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