Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Q: How can we prolong the stoplight heading to Kahului Airport at Kuihelani Highway and South Puunene Avenue? When we drive toward the intersection, cars tend to take up a lot of space in the right lane because they’re all turning right to get onto Puunene Avenue. By the time we reach the light, it’s already turning yellow. I’ve seen many cars try to run the yellow light and almost cause an accident because they’ve waited so long. If the light stayed green longer, I think it would help traffic on Puunene Avenue.

A: Mahalo for your question and I can say I’m very familiar with that intersection. I have sometimes found myself sitting through a couple traffic light cycles before reaching South Puunene Avenue. I would like to remind our residents that this section of roadway falls under the state’s jurisdiction, but nevertheless I instructed my staff to contact our state district engineer and they returned with good news.

The state Department of Transportation Highways Division has just begun a project at this intersection to add additional turn lanes, including a right-turn lane from Kuihelani Highway to South Puunene Avenue. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of this summer. The state implemented an optimized timing plan for the intersection a month ago. Our district engineer also noted that the traffic cycle timing has to be balanced for all four legs along with adjacent traffic signals.

I know this area endures a lot of traffic, with Zippy’s, Target and other stores nearby, so I will make sure my staff keeps track of improvements to this intersection and many others.

Q: How do citizens find information about using the Ukumehame Firing Range for practice shooting? If residents can’t use the public range, where are they supposed to go?

A: This is a very good question and I think something our community needs to know in order to promote safe and responsible shooting practice. About 10 public events are held every month for residents and visitors to practice shooting pistols and rifles at Ukumehame Firing Range. Valley Isle Sport Shooters Club hosts the events that include sessions sponsored by the United States Practical Shooting Association and Single Action Shooting Society.

Dates and times, as well as the range’s safety rules, can be found on the club’s website at www.valleyislesportshootersclub.com/. It costs $15 to participate in the events and targets are provided. Shooters must provide their own registered guns and ammo.

I ask that all participants follow the instructions from the range officers at all times. Valley Isle Sport Shooters Club reserves the right to remove any persons from the firing line as well as prohibit any gun or ammo. I’d like to thank the Valley Isle Sport Shooters Club and its members for providing safe shooting events in our community for the past 25 years. About 7,000 sport shooting enthusiasts use the firing range every year and the club oversees a vast majority of them.

Federal and state law enforcement officers also use the range for training. For more information about Valley Isle Sport Shooters Club and its monthly gun safety classes, email info@valleyislesportshooter.com. Questions regarding use by registered clubs should be directed to Alvin Kametani of the Department of Parks and Recreation at 572-8122.

Q: How can I get speed bumps installed on my street? People are constantly speeding where I live on Kea Street.

A: We get many calls/emails for speed bumps and speed tables, and I would be more than happy to help you make a formal request. To make a speed hump information request, visit www.mauicounty.gov/556/Engineering-Division. Make sure to fill out the form completely, with the location for the proposed speed hump, and email it to Eng.Traffic@co.maui.hi.us.

The purpose of the speed hump program is to assist neighborhoods with installations on minor streets, which generally don’t service through traffic. For more information, please call our Department of Public Works Engineering Division at 270-7745.

* Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County-related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at askthemayor@mauicounty.gov, by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email mayors.office@mauicounty.gov.

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