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Public Meetings Set for Proposed Federal Transportation Projects

The County of Maui has scheduled community workshops in April to learn about proposed federal transportation projects for Maui.

Meetings will be held from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. on April 4 at Helene Hall in Hana; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 9 at Paia Community Center in Paia; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 10 at West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina; and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  onApril 11 at Velma McWayne Santos Community Center in Wailuku.

The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization will present a draft list of 2019-22 projects to be supported through the Transportation Improvement Program federal aid, including Kaupakalua Road pavement reconstruction; Makawao Avenue improvement; and traffic signal upgrades to Central Maui and part of the new Kihei North-South Collector Road.

On state highways, funds will go toward shoreline erosion mitigation; safety improvements on Kula Highway and North Kihei Road; Hana Highway bridge preservation; and Pu‘unene Avenue improvements. Maui Bus plans include operations and vehicle replacements projects.

Maui is anticipated to receive $100 million in Federal Highway Administration funds over the next four years, which will be matched with $24 million in local funds from the State of Hawaii and County of Maui. Safety and repairs to existing roads and bridges are priority for federal funding, but construction of new roads and bicycle and pedestrian facilities are also included.

“The Maui MPO Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Board considered public input to help narrow down the list of projects to a program we can afford in the next four years,” Maui MPO’s Executive Director Lauren Armstrong said. “We heard strong public support for solutions to traffic congestion, especially in Pa‘ia and West Maui, as well as requests for more bicycle and pedestrian paths and improved bus service.”

The April workshops are a follow up to community meetings hosted by Maui MPO in February, where the public completed surveys to rank the priority of projects proposed by County of Maui Department of Public Works and State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation.

“We value the community’s input on these important projects, and urge you to stay involved with the MPO planning process,” said Maui MPO Policy Board chair and County Council member Stacy Crivello. “We have an opportunity to advocate for Maui’s priorities and ensure that we plan wisely for our fair share of federal transportation funding.”

The four-year draft list will not include critical projects such as Pa‘ia Relief Route; realignment of Honoapi‘ilani Highway; and construction of Lahaina Bypass Phase 1C to Ka‘anapali. For information on the Pa‘ia Relief Route, the public is invited to attend a State DOT meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 5 at Kaunoa Senior Center in Pa‘ia.

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