Hawaii joins 35 states in national ‘alternative fuel and electric charging’ network

Posted on Nov 4, 2016 in Highways News, Main, News

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is pleased to announce seven routes on Maui and Oahu have been designated as “signage-ready” alternative fuel corridors by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The signage-ready designation means new signs alerting drivers to areas where they can recharge their electric vehicles (EV) may be posted along these routes.

“The designation of seven Hawaii routes as signage-ready alternative fuel corridors is a significant advancement towards Governor Ige’s 100 percent clean energy goal by the year 2045,” said HDOT Director Ford Fuchigami. “We will continue to work with various stakeholders, including the counties, the State Energy Office, local utilities, Blue Planet, and Ulupono, to set up charging stations statewide to ensure our highway infrastructure supports sustainable energy.”

The Hawaii sites receiving the signage-ready designation are:

Maui Signage-Ready Sites
• Honoapiilani Highway from Kapaalua to Wailuku
• Hana Highway from the intersection with Kaahumanu Avenue to the intersection with Kaupakalua Road
• South Puunene Avenue/Mokulele Highway/Piilani Highway from the intersection with Kaahumanu Avenue to Wailea
• Haleakala Highway from the intersection with Hana Highway to Makawao

Oahu Signage-Ready Sites
• H-1 Freeway/Kalanianaole Highway from the intersection with Kapolei Parkway to the intersection with West Hind Drive
• H-3 Freeway from the intersection with the H-1 Freeway to the intersection with Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe
• H-2 Freeway/Kamehameha Highway from the intersection with the H-1 Freeway to Wahiawa

The State of Hawaii, through its Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s Hawaii State Energy Office, nominated these routes for consideration by FHWA as alternative fuel corridors.

The corridor segments were selected based on major thoroughfares and convenient routes generally driven, existing DC fast charging station locations, and locations of popular destinations and attractors. The corridors connect communities and popular destinations throughout Maui and Honolulu County. The corridor includes all land that falls within an one‐mile buffer around each recommended road segment.

The designation will help provide access to resources needed to encourage the use of EVs; help coordinate actions needed to effectively identify and deploy EV infrastructure; highlight the importance of strategic clean transportation roadways and recharging locations; and facilitate increased coordination between State and local government agencies, Hawaii’s business, and social communities.

Several additional routes on Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Oahu are designated Signage-Pending Alternative Fuel Corridors by FHWA.

For more information on alternative fuel corridors, including a map showing Hawaii’s routes, visit the FHWA website at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/alternative_fuel_corridors/