Proposed Kihei-Upcountry road in the wrong place

I agree with Mike Moran that the planned Kihei-Upcountry road is in the wrong place entirely (The Maui News, May 19).

It is 9.6 miles long and basically parallels the present Mokulele Highway-Hansen Road route. It does not solve the problem of the residents of South Kihei and Makena being trapped by the blockage of the Piilani Highway anywhere along 80 percent of its length.

The distance from the end of Wailea Ike Drive and the Kula Highway is only 2.5 miles. Putting the new road there would not only provide an escape route, it would also radically change the traffic flow.

Many of the resort workers live Upcountry. It would dramatically shorten their commute and relieve traffic congestion through Kahului and Kihei. We could then use the construction money saved by the shorter route on the other major traffic problem and build a bypass around Paia.

Mal Johnson