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$40M for Puunene Ave. widening in House CIP budget

The Maui News

A $40 million widening of Puunene Avenue is included in a capital improvements project budget approved by the state House Finance Committee on Wednesday.

The funding was included in the committee’s $4.9 billion budget for CIP projects statewide for the current fiscal year and 2021.

The full House gave the measure second reading approval Thursday. A third approval is needed before the measure is sent to the state Senate.

The Puunene Avenue project spans Kamehameha Avenue to Kuihelani Highway. Other Maui County CIP projects include $11 million for Kaanapali Beach restoration and berm enhancement and $4 million for the acquisition of Wailuku Water Co.’s land and water delivery system in Na Wai Eha, the four key streams in the West Maui Mountains.

Statewide projects that may aid all counties include:

• Transportation. $305 million for airfield improvements at facilities, $10 million for major pavement improvements and $25 million for rockfall protection and slope stabilization.

• Education. $236 million for public school projects, $11 million for Title IX equity projects, $10 million for various American With Disabilities Act compliance projects, $2 million for state library projects and $2 million for charter school projects.

• University of Hawaii. $25 million for minor repairs at community colleges.

• Hawaiian Home Lands. $20 million for lot development, $5 million for repair and maintenance to existing infrastructure.

• Department of Land and Natural Resources: $2 million for improvements to state parks and facilities.

• Defense: $2 million for the incremental addition, replacement and upgrade of the state civil defense warning and communication devices.

For more information, visit www.capitol.hawaii.gov and find HB2725 HD1.

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