DOT meetings on priorities set to continue

The state Department of Transportation has begun its second round of public informational meetings statewide, including on Maui, to discuss the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2015 to 2018.

The four-year plan identifies state and county transportation projects to be funded, in part, with Federal Highway and Transit Funds. It is “a big picture planning document” that notes federal and state shares for projects over the next four years, said Derek Inoshita, Transportation Department spokesman. This is a long-standing practice of the department, he added.

The current “fiscally constrained” draft means that the program includes sufficient financial information to demonstrate that the projects can be implemented using committed and available revenue sources, the department said.

Major projects on the list include the next phases of the Lahaina bypass, the north-south collector road in South Maui and the Haliimaile-South Maui highway.

Maui meetings will begin at 6 p.m. on:

* Monday at King Kekaulike High School cafeteria.

* Tuesday at Kihei Elementary School cafeteria.

* Aug. 6 at West Maui Senior Center cafeteria.

* Aug. 7 at DOT Maui District Office conference room at 650 Palapala Drive in Kahului.

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Written comments may be submitted by Aug. 15 by email to hwy.stip.projects@hawaii. gov; by mail to Highway Planning Branch, 869 Punchbowl St., Room 301, Honolulu 96813; or by fax to (808) 587-1787.