Very con­cerned about DOT’s plans for by­pass

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

I am thank­ful for the Nov. 4 Maui News ar­ti­cle about the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion shar­ing data they’ve col­lected with the pub­lic through their web­site. I am also thank­ful that DOT Di­rec­tor Ford Fuchigami and Deputy Di­rec­tor Ed Snif­fen came to La­haina for a West Maui com­mu­nity plan workshop on trans­porta­tion. I learned a lot at that meet­ing.

How­ever, I am very con­cerned about DOT’s plans to force all mo­torists onto the south­ern ter­mi­nus of the by­pass at Cut Moun­tain early next year. I am very con­cerned about traf­fic lights on the by­pass at Kai Hele Ku and Hokiokio de­spite in­put from our plan­ning di­rec­tor, and I think that the trans­porta­tion plan in its cur­rent state will only take our ex­ist­ing prob­lems and move them mauka and into the cen­ter of La­haina town (Keawe Street).

The Nov. 4 ar­ti­cle states that Keawe to Kaana­pali park­way is the sec­ond most heav­ily trav­eled stretch of high­way with 43,300 ve­hi­cles trav­el­ing that area daily, so forc­ing peo­ple onto the by­pass be­fore the north­ern ter­mi­nus is fin­ished is not a good idea.

Also, be­fore work be­gins on the north­ern ter­mi­nus we need to con­sider the high­way from the pali to the Cut Moun­tain en­trance that is al­ready get­ting in­un­dated dur­ing high tides and large swells. I hope DOT will mon­i­tor and adap­tively man­age the sit­u­a­tion, pos­si­bly by us­ing a large high­way-type round­about like they have in Tahiti or Aotearoa to give peo­ple the op­tion of tak­ing the by­pass or con­tin­u­ing the reg­u­lar route. Tamara Paltin La­haina

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