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Road safety, public art project to debut in Kahului

County agencies are working with a local artist to create public art and road safety improvements at Papa Avenue and Ma‘alo Street this month. Photos courtesy Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization

The Maui News

County agencies are working with a local artist to create road safety improvements and a public art project in Kahului that will beautify the area, encourage walking and biking and improve road safety.

According to the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization, the “Quick Build” demonstration project at the intersection of Papa Avenue and Ma’alo Street will include:

• Installation of bike and pedestrian crossings to make the area safer for people walking, biking and driving in line with the principles of Complete Streets and the Vision Zero Maui initiative to end serious injuries and traffic fatalities by 2040.

• Reverse-in angled parking for improved driver visibility, easier loading and unloading, accessible parking and curb ramps, and traffic calming. This will be the first reverse-in angled parking on Maui — a proven design that promotes safety and has been adopted by multiple municipalities, the news release said.

The demonstration project by Lihikai Elementary will include bike and pedestrian crossings, reverse-in angled parking and street art.

• Street art by Maui artist Matthew Agcolicol to help beautify the intersection. Agcolicol’s design honors the area’s rich plantation history and gives a nod to the nearby Lihikai Elementary School Surfers.

The project is a collaboration between Agcolicol, the Maui Metropolitan Planning Organization, the County of Maui Department of Public Works and the Hawai’i Public Health Institute’s Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition.

About 200 people participated in a survey last fall and shared their experiences using the intersection. Public input guided the project design and will also inform long-term improvements by the county, the news release said.

A portion of street parking in front of Lihikai Elementary will be temporarily closed beginning Monday for the demonstration project. New rules for reverse-in angled parking will take effect once the improvements are completed.

For more information, visit mauimpo.org or contact lauren@mauimpo.org.

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