Maui County gets $25 million grant for Waiale Road extension
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Maui County has received $25 million for the Waiale Road expansion.
Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said it was through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program.
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Mayor Victorino said this project is one of his top priorities for Maui and thanked Senator Brian Schatz for advocating for the RAISE grant.
“Improving infrastructure to accelerate the construction of affordable housing for our residents is one of my top priorities,” said Mayor Victorino. “This multimillion-dollar investment in Maui County will improve road safety and reduce traffic, but more importantly, it will greenlight the construction of 1,666 units in Central Maui that residents can afford. rent or buy.”
RAISE grant projects are assessed against statutory criteria such as quality of life, competitiveness and economic opportunity, state of good repair, safety, environmental sustainability, partnerships and innovation. They are also merit-based according to the US Department of Transportation.
“I would like to thank the partners who contributed to the success of our RAISE grant application,” said Jordan Molina, director of the Department of Public Works. “Mahalo to the State DOT and the Hawaii Community Foundation for helping us submit a very competitive application.”
Molina also thanked Waikapu Country Town for their willingness to change their affordable housing plans to bolster their case.
This new extension will connect Waiale Road to Honoapiʻilani Highway to help improve traffic flow in the Waikapu area. It will also provide a different route between Kahului and Wailuku.
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Once construction begins, the project will last approximately 18 months. The total project costs approximately $34 million and will be funded by county, state and federal sources.