HDOT update on Honoapiilani Highway Realignment and Improvements at Keawe Street, March 8, 2018Posted on Mar 8, 2018 in Main, News
KAHULUI – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) plans for the traffic shift from Honoapiilani Highway at Olowalu/Cut Mountain to the Southern Terminus of the realigned highway to take place in April 2018.
Motorists are advised that following the shift access to the existing Honoapiilani Highway will be maintained via connector roads. Connector roads heading north are: Kai Hele Ku Street; Hokiokio Place; Lahainaluna Street; and, Keawe Street. The connector roads heading south are Keawe Street; Lahainaluna Street; Hokiokio Place; Kai Hele Ku Street; and, the new Southern Connector Road, which will be opened approximately a week after the traffic shift.
“The realignment will provide benefits by separating beach and Lahaina town traffic from those heading to and from Kaanapali,” said HDOT Deputy Director for Highways Ed Sniffen. “Moving the main route to West Maui inland, away from coastal flooding is another big benefit to this project. We have been taking traffic counts and monitoring traffic movements so that we can make improvements to increase the efficiency of the route once the southern terminus is opened.”
There are no plans to shut down the existing highway following the opening of the realigned highway. Approximately 200 feet at the intersection of the existing highway in Olowalu and the realigned highway at the southern terminus will be accessible to pedestrians/recreational users only. HDOT is installing a gate at this location so it can be used in emergencies.
HDOT continues work on the Honoapiilani Highway Improvements – Keawe Street to Kapunakea Street, meant to account for the anticipated volume of cars at the interim northern terminus, and an associated project to modernize approximately 80 traffic signals on Maui. Planned lane closure notices for these projects will be posted on weekly basis at https://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork/
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