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Public input sought on transportation plan

The Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public comments on the latest version of its 2019-22 Transportation Improvement Program, a four-year list of highway and transit projects to be built by the county and state and funded in part with federal money.

Project start dates and cost estimates are updated twice annually based on current information from county and state departments, the MPO said in a news release Friday.

Since the 2019-22 TIP was approved in 2018, county pavement condition data has been updated and shows that rehabilitating additional sections of South Kihei Road and Makawao Avenue are higher priorities than other previously identified projects, the MPO said. Kanaloa Avenue and Lower Main Street resurfacing projects are now deferred to 2024.

In other updates, the project to rehabilitate South Kihei Road pavement now includes Lipoa Drive to Auhana Road and Keonekai Road to Kilohana Drive. Rehabilitating Makawao Avenue now includes Piiholo Road to Apana Road.

Revisions meet financial requirements and are consistent with the recently approved Hele Mai Maui 2040 Transportation Plan goals to promote safety, health, sustainability, mobility options, access and maintenance, the MPO said.

The draft TIP Revision No. 6 is available at www.mauimpo.org/document/2019-2022-maui-tip-revision-6-public-review-draft.

Comments are due Jan. 15 by email to lauren@mpo.org or by mail to Maui MPO, 200 S. High St., Wailuku 96793.

The comments will go the the MPO Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Board when they consider approving the changes in early 2020.