Quick survey of bypass’s finishing touches

First photo: Lahaina resident Sara Clark jogs past an unopened section of the Lahaina bypass Wednesday near Puamana. Clark said she and her husband, Gerry, took a weekend jog on the new roadway, and it looks like it is about ready to open.

Second photo: Hawaiian Dredging workers Efren Dagudo (left) and Jon Kusunoki attach a black lava rock veneer on retaining walls along the Lahaina bypass near its intersection with Lahainaluna Road on Wednesday.

The next phase of the Lahaina bypass, a 1.7-mile stretch from Lahainaluna Road to Hokiokio Place in Puamana, is nearing completion, said Caroline Sluyter, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, on Thursday.

The physical improvements are expected to be completed by mid- to late-August, but there are still some land and easement issues that need to be worked out, which could delay the public opening of the stretch until September, Sluyter said. The initial section of the long awaited bypass opened in March.