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DOT News Release: Public Informational Meetings scheduled for Hana Highway bridge improvements project

Posted on Jan 7, 2020 in Latest Department News

KAHULUI – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD), will be holding public meetings to discuss a project to improve six of the historic bridges along the Hana Highway (Route 360) located between Huelo and Hana town in east Maui. This meeting is the second in a series of public meetings, as a follow-up to the meetings held in the spring of 2019. The bridges include Kailua Stream Bridge (Mile Post [MP] 5.9), Makanali Stream Bridge (MP 8.2), Puohokamoa Stream Bridge (MP 11.0), Kopiliula Stream Bridge (MP 21.7), Ulaino Stream Bridge (MP 27.9), and Mokulehua Stream Bridge (MP 28.3). The project would improve these six bridges in a context-sensitive manner so they remain safe and functional for highway users. Overarching goals for the project were developed through an earlier planning process for all bridges on the route. The six bridges now being studied in more detail have been identified by HDOT as high priority for improvements.

Work on this project is currently in the environmental compliance and preliminary engineering phase. This meeting is being held to gather input and support the environmental process and consultation under the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

The meetings will be held at the following locations and times:

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Hana Community Center
5091 Uakea Road, Hana

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Keanae Congregational Church (on Keanae Peninsula)
13705 Hana Highway, Keanae

Thursday, January 16, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Paia Community Center
Hana Highway, Paia

Information will be shared at the meeting on the project and environmental process. Public input will be gathered regarding the project purpose and need, design considerations, and preliminary alternative concepts. HDOT and FHWA encourage community members to attend to provide input on this important project.

For more information on the Hana Highway Bridge Improvements project, please click here to view the public meeting flyer or visit the project’s website at Those unable to attend the meetings can provide input through the project website. You may also contact the project manager, Mr. Michael Will, via email to [email protected] or by telephone at (720) 963-3647.

If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, contact Andrew Hirano via email to [email protected] or by telephone at 808 692-7546 as soon as possible. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request.