For Immediate Release
Press Release by:
Tom Cook, Councilmember
Maui County Council
Water and Infrastructure Committee chair issues statement on federal infrastructure investments in South Maui
KĪHEI, Hawaiʻi (June 29, 2023)—The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Maui County a $25 million grant for the extension of Liloa Drive in South Maui, Councilmember Tom Cook announced today.
Cook said he wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in February supporting the county’s grant application to invest in the North-South Collector Road. When completed, the project will serve as an integral link for the South Maui transportation corridor, Cook said.
“I am pleased with this major investment for South Maui’s transportation infrastructure,” said Cook, who holds the seat for the South Maui residency area and chairs the council’s Water and Infrastructure Committee. “Liloa Drive is a critical road segment providing alternative access for residents and emergency vehicles to existing and future residential areas in Kīhei.”
Cook said the project will increase street capacity, alleviate traffic congestion and provide a safe corridor with pedestrian and bicycle facilities across two modern bridge spans.
“This project will also promote roadway safety, especially during the development of affordable and workforce housing in Maui County,” he said. “I look forward to working with Mayor Bissen’s administration to ensure that this much-needed funding will benefit everyone who lives, works or plays in Kīhei.”
For more information on the work of the Council’s Water and Infrastructure Committee, please contact Cook’s office at (808) 270-7108.
Conceptual Roadway Improvement Plan of the proposed Liloa Drive Extension (Photo by County of Maui).
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