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Ask The Mayor

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Q: How would I go about adopting a cleanup program for Maui County roads?

A: Mahalo for taking an interest in helping to maintain our roadways. I wish everyone took as much ownership of our streets as you do.

Our Department of Public Works is starting to explore an “Adopt-A-Street” program that would focus on heavily used county roads/streets. However, we are still very early in the process and still coming up with more ideas and fleshing out the concept. We also would need to work out a variety of issues that could arise with such a program in order for it to be a success.

As you probably already know, the state Department of Transportation has its own Adopt-A-Highway program with volunteers picking up litter along Hawaii’s highways, which not only makes for a cleaner roadside, but also prevents pollutants from entering storm drains, streams and the ocean. Community groups, churches, businesses and individuals all help to maintain a section of roadside within the state highway system and the state DOT even erects a sign to recognize the groups’ cleaning efforts.

We really do like this concept for our roadways and our county Highways Division will continue to look at how to develop our own version. For more information on the state Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program, visit hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/home/doing-business/adopt-a-highway/.

Q: We would like speed bumps installed on Lower Kimo Drive. People constantly speed despite it being steep and curvy. Also, lots of heavy trucks (as in semi-trailers) use it as a shortcut to get to the upper highway all day, every day. We’ve also had accidents due to speeding. This is very dangerous and takes a heavy toll on the road surface.

A: I’m sorry to hear that people continue to speed on your street. We get many calls/emails for speed bumps and speed tables, and I would be more than happy to help you make a formal request.

To make a speed hump information request, visit www.mauicounty.gov/556/Engineering-Division. Make sure to fill out the form completely, with the location for the proposed speed hump, and email it to Eng.Traffic@co.maui.hi.us.

The purpose of the speed hump program is to assist neighborhoods with installations on minor streets, which generally don’t service through traffic. I would like to remind everyone that this ain’t the Mainland, so please slow down and practice safe driving. For more information, please call our Department of Public Works Engineering Division at 270-7745.

* Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at askthemayor@mauicounty.gov, by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask the Mayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email mayors.office@mauicounty.gov.