Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Q: I thought campaign signs were not allowed yet. Is it legal for the huge “small-billboarding” of Maui for “Schatz” signs to be up already?
A: Yes, it is legal for the signs to be up now, as there are no time restrictions on campaign signs. According to State law, campaign signs are exempt from many of the regulations pertaining to signage, billboards and commercial advertising. Maui County Code Section 16.12A.030 limits signs to 18 square feet in display surface; it previously included time restrictions on how long signs could be posted. However, Act 194, signed into law in June 2003, amended HRS Sec. 445-112(11) to remove any durational limits on the posting of political signs; this act superseded the Maui County Code. And while there is currently no law requiring signs to be removed following the elections, hopefully conscientious candidates will remove any signs they put up during campaign season.
Q: I am a bicycle commuter along Makawao Avenue. I appreciate the repaving that has been done on sections of the road in the last few years, but the section that begins just West of Eddie Tam has not been repaved and is extremely dangerous on a bicycle. Are there plans to repave this section? If so, approximately when will the work begin and end?
A: The section of Makawao Avenue you described, West of Eddie Tam Gym, is anticipated to be done with the Makawao-Makani Road Improvements project in fiscal year 2017.
Q: What’s up with all the incomplete roadwork? Why are these projects taking so long to complete? On Wakea heading toward MCC, lanes going toward MCC are incomplete. Make that, not even started and it’s been this way for months. Wakea resurfacing ends just before the Christ the King driveway instead of Puunene. Honoapiilani Highway has a long stretch of road that looks just as ugly as it was before any work was done and it’s been this way for over a month now. That segment is not complete and road work is starting at the Dairy Road side of Kuihelani Highway?
A: With roadwork, coordinating projects is an important factor in determining when work is scheduled. For example, the ends of Wakea Avenue intersect at the State-controlled intersections at Kaahumanu and Puunene avenues near UH-Maui College and Christ the King. Because of the heavy school traffic, these two sections of Wakea will be completed when students are on school break in March so traffic volumes are expected to be lower. Motorists are asked to heed all detour signs when approaching work areas. Work on Wakea Ave. during spring break is scheduled as follows: Kahiki Street to Puunene Avenue: Monday 3/17 through Wednesday 3/19 – Complete road closure for both directions of traffic. Wednesday 3/19 – expected closure to Eastbound traffic only (traffic headed toward intersection). The Christ the King Church driveway is directly affected by this work and the contractor is working out a schedule to help minimize the impact. Kea Street to Kaahumanu Avenue: Wednesday 3/19 to Friday 3/21 – Complete road closure to Northbound traffic only (traffic headed toward UH-MC). All work in both areas is expected to be completed by Friday late afternoon. As for Honoapiilani Highway, that is a state-controlled highway; the County does not have jurisdiction over State projects. To contact the State DOT, visit http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/.
Want to Ask the Mayor?
Submit your questions about County of Maui programs, services, operations or policies to Mayor Alan Arakawa via email: AskTheMayor@mauicounty.gov, phone: 270-7855 or mail: 200 S. High Street, 9th Floor, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the Ask the Mayor column.