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$532.9M destined for state CIP projects in Maui County

The Maui News

Maui County’s state senators have announced that $532.9 million in capital improvement projects for Maui County have been funded for the current and 2020-21 fiscal years, and general obligation bonds have been set aside for various projects.

This includes $110 million for the Paia bypass, $70 million for the realignment of Honoapiilani Highway (Lahainaluna Road to Launiupoko) and $57 million for improvements to the Kahului Harbor.

“In light of the state’s current financial crisis, the Maui delegation was able to secure large amounts of resources to address various improvement needs across Maui Nui,” said Sen. Majority Leader J. Kalani English, whose district includes East Maui, Upcountry, Molokai and Lanai. “While the financial impact of COVID-19 is still unclear, many of these projects are shovel-ready and will help our communities as we begin to reopen our economy.”

Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, whose district includes Wailuku and Kahului, was “especially pleased that we successfully funded a number of long-overdue gender equity projects at three of our high schools. Some of the best collegiate athletes coming out of our secondary schools have been girls, and they deserve great facilities.”

This includes $8 million for a girls athletic locker room and bathroom at Maui High.

Both Keith-Agaran and English are members of the Ways and Means Committee, the money committee in the state Senate.

Sen. Roz Baker, whose district is South and West Maui, was “delighted that so many important repair and maintenance projects for our Maui schools, especially for those in Lahaina and Kihei, received funding as did critical transportation infrastructure projects at our harbors and West Maui roads. I’m especially pleased to see funding for much needed repairs and renovations for Maui Health System, including the initial funding for additional parking facilities at Maui Memorial Medical Center.”

Other projects include:

• $17 million for a new classroom building at Paia Elementary.

• $10.4 million for softball and baseball facilities at King Kekaulike High.

• $7.4 million for a locker room, weight room and dance floor for Baldwin High boys and girls athletics.

• $8.25 million for air conditioning improvements at Maui Waena and Iao intermediate and Wailuku and Kahului elementary schools.

• $5 million for electrical upgrades at Lahainaluna High.

• $6 million for a new classroom building at Kahului Elementary.

• $3 million for the planning and design of a new Central Maui middle school.

• $6 million for improvements and renovations for state facilities (Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital) run by Maui Health System.

• $3 million for the planning and design of parking facilities at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

• $4 million for restroom, wastewater system, parking paving and road improvements for Waianapanapa State Park.

• $9 million for Leialii Parkway and highway improvements for Hawaiian Home Lands.

• $40 million for the widening of Puunene Avenue.

• $38 million for improvements to Kahului Airport.

• $4 million for improvements to Hana and Lanai airports.

• $4.2 million for replacement construction of the Lahaina Boat Ferry Pier.

• $3.5 million for finger pier replacement at the Maalaea Small Boat Harbor.

• $9.3 million for improvements to the Molokai irrigation system.

• $4.36 million for security and renovations for Hoapili Hale, the main courthouse in Wailuku.

• $4 million for the planning and design of a new jail, the Maui Regional Public Safety Complex.

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