By Maui Now Staff
The state Department of Transportation today announced the opening of the first phase of the Lahaina Mini-Bypass and the newly constructed Kahoma Stream Bridge.
The new stretch of road extends a little less than a mile from Lahainaluna Road to Keawe Street, creating an alternate route that runs parallel to the busy Honoapiilani Highway below. The $77 million project was made possible with 80% federal and 20% state funding, according to the DOT.
Transportation officials say the new road creates an alternate access route, improving circulation in both the Lahiana and Lahainaluna areas. Residents say it will also help to alleviate traffic congestion during peak hours.
DOT officials also note that the Kahoma Stream Bridge was constructed with an “inverted arch design to help preserve the community’s view planes.”