Ask the Mayor: When Will Pulehu Road Get Repaved?

November 20, 2016, 12:00 PM HST · Updated November 20, 9:25 AM
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Maui Now stock photo. Jan. 2009.

Maui Now stock photo. Jan. 2009.

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the questions submitted to his office staff.

Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: [email protected], phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.

Dear Mayor Arakawa:

Q: Does the county have plans to repave Pulehu Road from the Hansen intersection to the Pulehu/Omaopio fork? 

I realize that many heavy trucks utilize this stretch of important roadway and that there are particular challenges to working on that section, but there are multiple areas which have become almost impossible to navigate safely. 

Many cars are forced to drive in the middle of the road to avoid some of the worst holes, which puts them into incoming traffic on dangerous curves with many heavy vehicles present. 

The situation has now become quite dangerous. The safety of the area’s residents and the extreme wear and tear on our vehicles demand a planned repaving at the earliest opportunity.

A: Yes, I drive on this rural road quite frequently and know firsthand the unique challenges it presents.

I have requested that Public Works staff visit the area to inspect the condition of this particular section of the road, and evaluate what short-term and long-term measures can be taken, and what funding may be available in the coming fiscal years.

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