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State plans barrier along Maui highway to prevent erosion

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaii Department of Transportation is proposing installation of a 1,200-foot concrete barrier along Honoapiili Highway on Maui to prevent erosion.

But The Maui News reports that some residents attending a public hearing on the project Wednesday night said the state should instead focus on a bypass project that would move the roadway inland.

The repairs are expected to cost more than $20 million, with the federal government picking up 80 percent of the tab. The money comes from disaster funds awarded after Hurricane Iselle last August.

DOT Highways Administrator Ray McCormick told residents that the realignment project could take more than a decade to complete.

Transportation officials say two lanes of traffic will be maintained while the barrier is installed.

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