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Ask the Mayor: How About A Roundabout for Maui Lani Parkway?

May 15, 2018, 8:15 AM HST
* Updated May 15, 7:37 AM
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Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Mr. Mayor,

Q: I travel Maui Lani Parkway often to get to Wailuku and Waikapū. No matter what time I travel, once I get to the four-way stop at Maui Lani and Kamehameha Avenue, it takes a long time to reach the stop because traffic backs up and it takes a good while to continue traveling.

Are there plans for a roundabout at that intersection? If not, why?

A: My administration put in $2.8 million in our proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget to the Maui County Council for a roundabout.

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Our engineers conducted a feasibility study of a roundabout at the subject intersection and determined that there is enough right of way to accommodate a roundabout and that it will allow all modes of traffic to go through the intersection more efficiently than a traffic signal.

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Nationwide studies also show that roundabouts have a reduced number of conflict points for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists, as opposed to a traffic signal, and cost less to maintain in the long-term.

The Maui County Council’s Infrastructure and Environmental Management Committee is scheduled to further review the project later this year. The committee is expected to render a referral to the council’s Budget and Finance Committee to either release funding for the construction of the roundabout or a traffic signal.

Submit your own questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa at [email protected], (808) 270-7855 or mail them to 200 S. High St., 9th Floor, Wailuku, HI 96793.

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Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column.

This column originally appeared in publication on Feb. 13, 2013.

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