Turning over Honoapiilani to county not cost-effective

In the Weekender for Dec. 21-22 was an article that stated our state representative, Angus McKelvey, wanted to introduce a bill in the house to turn over Honoapiilani Highway to the county. Reason being that the county has land before the pali on the Lahaina side. This would help move the road so it doesn’t fall into the Pacific.

Did he realize that turning the highway over covers about 43 miles of road from Wailuku to past the blowhole? Cost would be tremendous just for mowing and keeping the grass down, not mentioning lights or electric for traffic signals or repaving.

He mentioned that the county could do it faster than the state as we have the land. Do we have the money or manpower to do this?

If we have the land, what about a 99-year lease at $1 a year for the land to the state and let them build it. Or trade them for another parcel of land that the state would deed to the county, like the post office trade for the new bus hub. Seems much easier for me to see that happen than the county taking over the highway.

Steven B. Ashfield



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