Maui Discussion

Ask the Mayor: Adopting a Road Cleanup Program

February 12, 2020, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated February 13, 6:14 AM
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Maui Veterans Highway and North Kīhei Road. File photo

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions.

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.

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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.

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For more information on the State Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program, click here.

Want to Ask the Mayor?

Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at [email protected], 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 [email protected]

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