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Road Repair Focus of Kaupō Meeting

July 21, 2017, 11:23 AM HST
* Updated July 21, 11:27 AM
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The Kaupō Community Association, Inc will meet this Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the Association’s tent at the old Kaupō School on Piʻilani Highway. The meeting will include presentations on four upcoming major repair projects affecting roads in southeast Maui, that will result in varying degrees of road closures.

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Engineering staff, project designers, consultants and contractors with the Maui County Department of Public Works will present information on the status of the repair projects at Nuanualoa, Waiopai, Kalepa/Alelele/Lelekea and other locations where the roadway is eroding, becoming undermined, and is exhibiting slippage or bridge deck degradation. These repairs may require some degree of closure for Piʻilani Highway (31) and the bridges between Kahikinui and Kīpahulu.

The Kaupō Community and other East Maui residents will be invited to comment on the planned projects and related closures, and will host a follow-up meeting in October to discuss and provide feedback.

In the past, the Kaupō community has expressed appreciation for Maui County’s efforts to work with the community members in providing clear information about projects and closures, and to provide access to residents in evening and morning hours, even when construction repairs necessitate closures during working hours.

In addition, the meeting will have a short presentation by former Maui District DLNR Forestry Officer Bob Hobdy on East Maui place names, ahupua’a and other land divisions, historical and modern ecosystems, and place history.

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Members will also discuss ways to distribute for free throughout Hāna District, 2,400 Victor rat traps that have recently been donated to the Kaupō Community Association, Inc as a step in reducing the threat of Rat Lungworm disease.

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All are welcomed to attend the meeting. There will be a pot-luck lunch after the meeting.

Kalepa/Alelele/Lelekea Pi’ilani Hwy 31 mile marker 38 (project in early planning).

Alelele sinkhole (now repaired) with Helen Nielsen

Nuanualoa mile marker 37 (repairs late summer/fall 2017)

Waiopai Bridge (slated for deck repairs summer 2018)

Kaupō Community Association Inc Board Members (seated l-R) Bob Murakami, Sam Aina, Linda Clark (standing Jonathan Starr) with new load of Victor 210 rat traps (July 2017).

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