Mayor Michael Victorino answers weekly questions submitted to his office staff.
Question: I heard there was going to be construction early this year on South Kihei Road and wanted to know when it was going to start and exactly where it will take place. Can you confirm if this project is actually going to happen? Mahalo.
Answer: Mahalo for your question and I can confirm that significant improvements are planned for a section of South Kihei Road. The road closure schedule has not yet been finalized pending coordination with the State Department of Transportation, but work is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2020.
The section is approximately 1,500 feet in length fronting the Maui Bay Villas site and expects to be closed to through traffic for about 12 weeks. Both sides of South Kihei Road adjacent to the closed section will remain open to local traffic. The developer is coordinating the timing of the South Kihei Road improvements with the State’s traffic signal project on Piilani Highway to help facilitate traffic flow in the area during roadway construction activity.
The South Kihei Road improvements were reviewed and approved in accordance with its SMA and Work On County Highway permit requirements.
The improvements include new curbs, crosswalks with flashing safety lights, bike lanes and sidewalks to support pedestrian safety. Other improvements include new gutters and underground drainage system as well as a landscaped median along a portion of South Kihei Road to create greater separation between opposing lanes of traffic.
The project’s team is working with the County on the timing and logistics of the road closure, and plans to provide more information on closure dates, detours and other details once a start date is confirmed. My staff and our Public Works Department will continue to monitor this project to improve South Kihei Road for our local residents.
For more information on the project, click here.
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