Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff.
Question: How would I go about adopting a cleanup program for Maui County roads?
Answer: Mahalo for taking an interest in helping to maintain our roadways! I wish everyone took as much ownership of our streets as you do.
Our Department of Public Works is starting to explore an “Adopt-A-Street” program that would focus on heavily used County roads/streets. However, we are still very early in the process and still coming up with more ideas and fleshing out the concept. We also would need to work out a variety of issues that could arise with such a program in order for it to be a success.
As you probably already know, the State Department of Transportation has its own Adopt-A-Highway program with volunteers picking up litter along Hawaii’s highways, which not only makes for a cleaner roadside, but also prevents pollutants from entering storm drains, streams and the ocean. Community groups, churches, businesses and individuals all help to maintain a section of roadside within the state highway system and the State DOT even erects a sign to recognize the groups’ cleaning efforts.
We really do like this concept for our roadways and our County Highways Division will continue to look at how to develop our own version.
For more information on the State Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program, click here.
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