Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most recently asked questions submitted to his office staff.
Dear Mr. Mayor:
Q: Great State of the County Address, Mr. Mayor, all kinds of good news in it. I particularly got all excited about the planned Hansen Road improvements. I just have one question: Does the Hansen Road work include a separate bike/pedestrian path? I would have thought $5.3 million would be enough to also pay for a much-needed bike path. I am an active (retired) bicyclist and would love to see more safe ways to ride around on Maui.
A: Yes, Hansen Road has enough shoulder room so we were able to include bike lanes on both sides of the road. Also, Hansen was identified as a bike corridor in the State’s 2003 Bike Plan, so we leveraged that plan to have the bike lanes federally funded as well.
Q: Are safety check brackets illegal? If not, where can we place them on our vehicles? I’m referring to the devices used to place safety check stickers instead of on the bumper of vehicles. Mahalo.
A: Safety check brackets are legal, if utilized according to the Hawaii Administrative Rules for the State Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Safety Office for the Periodic Inspection of Vehicles. §19-133.2-24 states that a special bracket may be installed horizontally under the right portion or center of the rear bumper, or either horizontally or vertically on the license plate. The face of the license plate is not an appropriate place. The safety inspection sticker should be able to be clearly seen by someone 50 feet behind the vehicle. If the bracket on the license plate is attached horizontally, the month number must be displayed on the left side of the year number. If vertically, the month number must be above the year number. For more information, ask the safety inspector when you get your safety check.
Aloha Mayor Arakawa,
Q: What program and how long of a traffic study does it take to get a new traffic light installed at a busy intersection? For example, the intersection at Waiale Road and Waiinu Road needs a traffic light, so I’m wondering how long would that take? Mahalo.
A: The County has completed a traffic study at that location, and the design of the traffic light has been initiated by Maui Lani Partners as required under our traffic master plan agreement. The design is tricky, however, given the geometrics of the intersection and the existing entrances to the commercial building along Waiale. Federal funds are available for construction, but not for a few years.
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.