Enhancements and highway widening are proposed for Puunene Avenue to cut back congestion, enhance site visitors movement for residential customers and freight automobiles, and enhance pedestrian security.
“The mission is designed to satisfy the wants of the group”, in keeping with a draft environmental evaluation printed earlier this week within the Workplace of Planning and Sustainable Improvement “The Environmental Discover”.
“It could cut back site visitors congestion to supply a secure and environment friendly transportation system not just for automobiles, but additionally for bicyclists and pedestrians.”
Challenge plans embody including two extra automobile lanes and shared shoulders on Puunene Avenue in Kahului. The sign poles on Papa Avenue could be relocated to accommodate the widening of the roadway.
New sidewalks may also be constructed on either side of Puunene Avenue, linking Wakea Avenue with the Kuihelani Expressway.
Bioswales and a shallow underground drainage system could be put in alongside the highway for 1.2 miles to “enhance water high quality and cut back the affect that highway stormwater would have on the prevailing drainage system,” in keeping with the analysis mission.
Puunene Avenue runs from Kahului Bay close to the east aspect of the Kahului Harbor to the Kuihelani Freeway, earlier than transitioning to the Maui Veterans Freeway simply south of the Kuihelani/Dairy Highway Freeway.
The mission space is situated alongside a zero.6-mile phase of Puunene Avenue between Wakea Avenue and Kuihelani Freeway in a primarily residential space.
Usually, this route caters to work and college commuters, customers, commuters, and public transportation, and in addition serves as a serious freeway for Maui’s freight system.
“These freight routes assist the motion of cargo to and from the Port of Kahului and the Kahului Airport.” in keeping with the report. “The Hawaii State Freight Plan identifies Kaahumanu Avenue as one of many precedence freight routes to be expanded. The widening of Puunene Avenue would alleviate congestion on each Puunene Avenue and Kaahumanu Avenue.”
One other goal of the mission, as said within the report, is to enhance the protection of cyclists and pedestrians by offering “steady, paved, shared trails and sidewalks” on either side of Puunene Avenue.
This mission is recognized within the Maui Metropolitan Planning Group’s long-range transportation plan known as “Come from Maui.”
Relying on the provision of assets, in addition to state and federal funds, building is anticipated to start in early 2023 and be accomplished in late 2025.
The estimated building price would depend upon the ultimate design and the profitable building bid, however preliminary estimates present that highway building and enhancements would price round $15 million.
Public feedback have to be submitted by September 7 by emailing the State of Hawaii Division of Transportation at email@example.com.
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