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BRIEF: First Phase of Lahaina Bypass Opens

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Lahaina Mini-Bypass. Photo courtesy Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Lahaina Mini-Bypass. Photo courtesy Hawaii Department of Transportation.

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.”

Lahaina Mini-Bypass. Photo courtesy Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Lahaina Mini-Bypass. Photo courtesy Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Lahaina Mini-Bypass. Photo courtesy Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Lahaina Mini-Bypass. Photo courtesy Hawaii Department of Transportation.

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  • Kamanaiwanano

    The writer of this story has left out some important information, like:

    – When was the road opened? or is the correct question…
    – When will it be opened? (we can’t tell from your article)
    – Is the bridge a separate opening in another area or is it part of the bypass?

    Simply writing, “The state Department of Transportation today announced the opening of the first phase of the Lahiana Mini-Bypass and the newly constructed Kahoma Stream Bridge” leaves us with more questions than answers.

    Another unclear portion of this story is, “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.” Are you telling us that this is the entire bypass or are you saying that a portion of it extends thusly?

  • the gold yellow brick road!

    77 million for a ‘little less than a mile? that was cheep…….so it’s 77 million per mile 10 miles 770,000,000 good deal! wonder who made money off this one? let’s look at who was mayor and who won the contracts shall we?…….wait too much work……who cares anyway

  • so many signs I can’t read

    i’ll tell you where about a million of the dollars went……..to overmarked , over signed, waistfull road markings and painting………how many arrows and the word ‘only’ do you need to get the mesage across to the motorist? well it seems 50 or so………with a couple of crews painting them and repainting them over and over does anyone else notice this? the over abundance of signage on the hiways of maui………I mean whithin 50 yrds of each other “speed limit” 35mph signs eveywhere……I see this as flagrant waist of tax payor money and contracter padding

  • taxmoney

    Why bother? At its current state it isn’t useful at all.


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