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MAYORWatch: Why Are There Nonfunctioning Utility Poles Along Mokulele Highway?

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Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff.

Question: There appears to be nonfunctioning utility poles along the side of Maui Veterans (Mokulele) Highway with its wires on the ground. Do you know what the wires are for and what happened to the poles?

Answer: Mahalo for your question. My staff forwarded your question to the state Department of Transportation and were told that the utility poles on the western side of Maui Veterans Highway carries Hawaiian Telcom wires. We have contacted the company and discovered that the poles were damaged by the recent brush fire and tropical cyclones.

Hawaiian Telcom said the cables and poles are intact and some of the cables belong to Spectrum. Hawaiian Telcom’s services were not impacted by the damage and their crews began repair work on the poles last week.

Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email [email protected]

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