Bids sought to install sidewalks and street crossings for students’ safety

Maui County is seeking bids from contractors for a project to install a street crossing and sidewalks to help students from Kamalii Elementary School walk safely to school in Kihei.

The project calls for a midblock crossing on Keonekai Road between Ohina Street and Kanakanui Road, with pedestrian-activated flashing beacons. Other features include construction of curb ramps on the south side of the Keonekai-Ohina Street intersection and the installation of 300 feet of sidewalk on the south side of Keonekai Road and 700 feet of sidewalk on the west side of Kanakanui Road to Alaku Place. Three radar feedback signs for motorists’ speeds also are part of the project.

The project’s cost is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000, according to a county notice to bidders issued last week.

Now beginning her first full year as principal at Kamalii, Kim Mukai-Otani said she understands the project was initiated years ago by a parent of a former student.

The project reflects the “strong commitment of parents and the community to ensure the safety of our students,” she said Friday.

Bids for the “Safe Routes to School” federal-aid project are due Sept. 18 at the county Department of Finance in Wailuku. Eligible bidders must be licensed contractors.

For more information, contract Kurt Watanabe at the Department of Public Works’ Engineering Division at 270-7745.