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Oct 17

"Ask the Mayor" Question: Kihei-Upcountry Highway

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM by Lois Whitney

“Ask the Mayor”

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Dear Mayor,

Q: I recently moved to Kihei from the mainland. Why isn’t there a road connecting the Piilani Highway with the Kula Highway? It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive from Kihei to Kula going north through Kahului, but it would only take a fraction of the time to get to Kula if a road ran between Kihei and Kula. Thank you for your consideration.

A: The State Department of Transportation has a plan for a highway project linking these two communities with a new 9.6-mile, rural two-lane highway. Because it is a major project and funding is limited, the project has been split into three phases. Estimated cost for the phases at current land and construction costs are $80 million for phase 1, $70 million for phase 2, and $50 million for phase 5. Construction is tentatively scheduled for FY 15, subject to availability of funds.

Kihei-Upcountry Highway


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