A recently installed traffic signal at the entrance to Niumalu Market Place in Kailua-Kona will become operational on Oct. 7.
In order to prepare motorists for the new signal light, the traffic signal will start flashing between 9 and 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, for 48 hours, according to the Hawaii County Department of Public Works. On Oct. 7, the traffic signal will become permanently operational.
Between Oct. 5 and 7, the signal will flash yellow on Henry Street and red on the side street to the Market Place. During the 48 hours of flashing, vehicles are not required to stop on Henry Street when flashing yellow, but they should proceed with caution. The flashing red signal on the Niumalu Market Place side street should be treated like a stop sign, according to the county.
Message boards will be posted near the intersection alerting drivers of the flashing lights.