Measure to widen Queen Kaahumanu, Kuakini highways passes committee

  • Traffic backs up heading south on Kuakini Highway, just beyond the Lako Street intersection. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Traffic backs up heading south on Kuakini Highway, just beyond the Lako Street intersection. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Traffic backs up on a recent afternoon on Queen Kaahumanu Highway at its intersection with Puapua‘anui Street in Kailua-Kona. (Photos by Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A woman crosses Kuakini Highway where it meets with Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Lako Street Thursday evening. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Traffic backs up heading south on Kuakini Highway, just beyond the Lako Street intersection. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Hawaii Police Department officer crosses a double-solid white line to merge into traffic heading south on Kuakini Highway, just north of the Lako Street intersection, on . (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Traffic backs up heading south on Kuakini Highway, just beyond the Lako Street intersection. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A truck passes on the shoulder as another vehicle tries to merge into southbound traffic Thursday evening where it meets with Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Lako Street.

A proposal to widen two stretches of highway in West Hawaii has moved forward Thursday in the state Legislature.