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Reconstruction of Kahului Airport Runway Proposed

Kahului Airport (Nov. 1, 2019) PC: Wendy Osher

The state Department of Transportation is preparing an environmental assessment for the proposed reconstruction of the main runway at Kahului Airport, according to a public notice published today.

The department will host a public informational briefing on the project next week Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Morgado Hall.

According to a public notice (published in today’s edition of The Maui News), the project calls for the reconstruction of Runway 2-20 due to “failing pavement and subbase.” The notice states that “previous resurfacing projects have extended the pavement’s useful life, however, they did not address the deteriorated subbase that is the source of recurring surface cracking.”

According to the project website [1], Runway 2-20, which is constructed of asphaltic concrete, was originally constructed in the 1940s by the United States Navy.

“Originally used by Naval aircraft during World War II, full commercial airline operations began in June 1952. Since that time, the existing pavement and subbase have failed and requires frequent maintenance requiring runway closures. The complete reconstruction of Runway 2-20 will be designed to accommodate the critical aircraft, which is the Boeing 777-200.”

Under the notice, reconstruction would occur while the airport maintains all operations.

Comments are being accepted through Dec. 23, 2019 to: Herman Tuiolosega, State of HawaiĘ»i, Department of Transportation, Airports Division, 400 Rodgers Boulevard, Suite 700, Honolulu, HI 96819-1880, or emailed to [email protected]

The public notice states that “by including your name, address, telephone number, email and other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment–including your personal identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time.”