School, bypass funds in House budget

The Maui News

The state House has targeted $382 million for capital improvement projects in Maui County, including $63 million for the new high school in Kihei and $40 million for another phase of the Lahaina bypass road.

The House passed its version of the state budget last week. It needs to be reconciled in conference committee with the state Senate.

South Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing said the Legislature will have appropriated a total of $157 million in construction money since 2012 for the high school, if the Senate approves the $63 million.

“That is more than enough funds to build up the classrooms, gym, cafeteria and more,” said Ing.

He said the groundwork to dig wells and to construct an access road was completed in 2016. The next phase of site construction was awarded to Goodfellow Bros. and is slated to begin this year or early 2018.

The House also inserted $40 million for another phase of the Lahaina bypass that would take the road from North Keawe Street to Puukolii Road in Kaanapali. The money is for land acquisition and construction.

Other large CIP projects include:

* $18.3 million for a ferry pier at Lahaina Boat Harbor.

* $16 million for Hawaiian Home Lands Phase 2 (76 lots) at Keokea-Waiohuli.

* $12.3 million for an administration building at Waihee Elementary School.

* $7.2 million for Hana Highway bridge and roadway improvements.

* $7.8 million for Kaanapali Beach restoration and berm enhancement.

* $3.7 million for Hana Pier superstructure improvements.

* $3.7 million for Paia Bypass traffic improvements.