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Maui Lani roundabout opens today

Kamehameha Avenue-Maui Lani Parkway intersection was closed for six weeks

The Maui Lani roundabout features median islands, high-visibility signs, shorter crosswalks that are set away from the center island and rectangular rapid-flashing beacons to alert drivers of pedestrians and dismounted cyclists. County of Maui video image

The Maui News

The Maui Lani roundabout at the intersection of Kamehameha Avenue and Maui Lani Parkway will open to the public at noon today, Maui County announced Tuesday afternoon.

The $3.15 million project changed a four-stop intersection into a roundabout. It is the second roundabout on Maui, with the first at Liloa Drive and Piikea Avenue in Kihei.

“The new roundabout is intended to make traffic flow more efficient and reduce delays at the intersection,” said Public Works Director Rowena Dagdag-Andaya in a news release Tuesday. “It’s also intended to strengthen walking and bicycling conditions, by providing shorter and safer crossings that link the neighborhoods to Pomaikai Elementary School and the Central Maui Regional Park.”

The new roundabout features median islands, high-visibility signs, shorter crosswalks that are set away from the center island and rectangular rapid-flashing beacons to alert drivers of pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

The county offered five rules to remember when using a roundabout, which offers continuous flow of traffic:

• Slow down when approaching and entering the roundabout.

• Yield to vehicles already in the roundabout and to anyone in the crosswalk.

• Use turn signal immediately before exiting, like when turning.

• Go right when entering in the roundabout and proceed around the central island in a counter-clockwise direction.

• Miss your exit? Just go around one more time.

For more information on how to drive a roundabout, visit www. mauicounty.gov for a tutorial video.

A blessing will be held this morning before the roundabout opening. The general contractor was Goodfellow Brothers.

The project broke ground at the end of April and was completed within three months, five months ahead of schedule. The intersection was completely shutdown on June 15 to expedite construction, leading to some inconvenience for residents in nearby subdivisions.

“I want to thank our residents for their patience while the Kamehameha Avenue-Maui Lani Parkway intersection was closed for about six weeks for construction of this roundabout,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “But this did make it possible for expedited construction, ahead of the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.”

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