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Traffic Division

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East Hawai‘i
108 Railroad Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 961-8341
Fax: (808) 961-8591


Hours of Operation: 7:00AM - 3:30PM, Monday-Friday

Division Chief: Aaron Takaba, P.E.

Description: The Traffic Division is responsible for the maintenance and operation of all streetlights, traffic signals, signs and markings, and other traffic control facilities and devices on the County highway system. In addition, the Traffic Division is responsible for operating and maintaining the streetlights and traffic signals on the State highway system.

Operations Management: Provides the overall management of the Division’s two major operational functions in the administrative and technical aspects of the various traffic programs. The administrative aspect includes fiscal and budgeting activities, resolving complaints, maintaining the Division’s personnel and traffic records, obtaining Federal funds, training personnel and administration of its traffic education program. The technical aspects include reviewing plans and specifications, investigating complaints, completing traffic studies and reports, and recommending improvements in the various operating and maintenance functions.

The Division participates and follows up with suggestions and complaints from the traffic safety committees throughout the County’s districts. The Division Chief attends the Mayor’s advisory council (Hawai`i County Highway Safety Council) on traffic safety.

Streetlights and Traffic Signals: Designs, installs, operates and maintains all streetlights, traffic signals, crosswalk lights, and electrical energy conservation programs.

Signs & Markings: Responsible for the installation, operation and maintenance of all traffic control signs and pavement markings on County highways.

Safety: Responsible for the overall planning and design of Traffic Engineering related projects.