Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project to Affect Maui Motorists

WAILUKU (KHNL) -- The intersection at Kaahumanu Avenue and Kahului Beach Road on Maui will be affected by the County's sewer pipeline replacement project beginning Thursday, February 28 and will continue to impact the immediate area for two to three days.

The right turn lane on Kaahumanu Avenue fronting Maui Beach Hotel will be closed from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., although drivers will still be able to turn right onto Kahului Beach Road via the main intersection.

"We're asking the public to be patient during the construction, which has been designed to minimize traffic disruptions," said David Taylor, County of Maui Wastewater Division Chief. "This is an important project, since the aging pipeline needs to be replaced now to avoid a huge mess like the sewage spill into the Ala Wai Canal in Honolulu. If we don't make an effort now to replace this pipeline and it breaks, we'll have 3 million gallons of raw sewage spilling into the ocean every day for at least a few days, so we're reminding drivers that this temporary delay represents a long-term improvement for the community."

For more information, call the County of Maui Department of Environmental Management's Wastewater Division at 270-7417.