Wailuku Town Infrastructure Upgrades Pushed to January

November 15, 2019, 4:01 PM HST · Updated November 15, 4:45 PM
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Vineyard between High and Market streets. PC: Wendy Osher 4.3.19

Construction of Phase 1A of the Wailuku Town Improvements will begin in January 2020, with work on Church and Vineyard streets, according to an update issued today by the County of Maui, Department of Management.

Infrastructure work had originally been planned to start in September, but has been delayed due to State Historic Preservation Division review and approval.

“We plan to begin construction once all permits are approved to ensure compliance with all State and County regulations,” said Managing Director Sandy Baz. “Although this process has taken a little longer than we had hoped, we are very excited for these much-needed infrastructure upgrades for our Wailuku community. We want to thank our local businesses and residents for their patience and understanding through this process.”

Mayor Michael Victorino also asked the Department to move construction to January in order to avoid impacting local businesses during the holiday season.

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“This is a crucial time for all small businesses and I would hate to see our Wailuku merchants affected by this construction during the holidays,” Mayor Victorino said.

Phase 1A work will include: upgraded water and sewer lines; new storm drain system; overhead power and telecom lines placed underground; new sidewalks on both sides of Church Street and Lower Vineyard Street; new sidewalks on the Waikapu side of Upper Vineyard Street; Church Street changed from one-way street to two-way street; traffic signal added at the intersection of Main and Church streets; street trees planted; and new road surface installed.

Construction on Church Street from Main to Vineyard streets will begin first and will take approximately five to six months to complete. During this time, the Municipal Parking Lot will remain open.

Construction on Lower Vineyard Street from Market to Church streets will begin thereafter, followed by work on Upper Vineyard Street from Church to High streets. Work on each will take approximately six months to complete with parking available at Wells Park and portions of the Municipal Parking Lot.

During construction all existing parking along the section of the street being worked will need to be removed. Controlled one-lane access will be open at all times. The Public’s cooperation in using alternate routes through the area while construction is underway would be greatly appreciated.

The Department accepted construction bids for Phase 1B of the Wailuku Town Improvements, which encompasses the four-level parking structure. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. submitted a low-bid of $28,194,000. The 428 stall parking structure will replace the existing municipal parking lot and will double the amount of parking currently available.

The Contractor for Phase 1A of the Wailuku Town improvements is Mira Image Construction LLC.

For updates on Wailuku Town’s improvement projects, visit www.WailukuLIVE.com.

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