Ask the Mayor: When Will Hansen Road be Completed?
Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: I see that the Airport Road is almost done, the road going past Target is open and Dairy Road is almost complete as well. All we need is for Hansen Road to be open again and it will be much easier for people in Kahului to get where they need to go. Any updates on how that’s going?
A: The Department of Public Works tells me the project is ahead of schedule. We were looking to reopen Hansen Road at the end of 2015, but now we’re looking at the end of October, barring any weather delays. This is great news, especially since the Hansen project actually involved three separate projects going on at the same time.
There was the $4.5 million reconstruction of Hansen Road, for which we aggressively applied for and received federal funding that pays for 80 percent of the cost. Then there was a separate federal aid contract to widen and improve Kalialinui Bridge for $1.3 million (a small bridge located along Hansen Road). And finally we coordinated with the State Department of Transportation for the last quarter mile, because it is owned by the DOT. They have a baseyard located near the Hāna Highway side of Hansen Road and we were able to coordinate with them so that the whole road will be improved at the end of the project.
Much mahalo to State DOT for helping us out with this important project.
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