After receiving numerous calls about this, I am glad that the Department of Public Works is taking action on Kaupakalua Road in the near future. Here is a recent press release from the Public Information Office.
For Immediate Release
May 14, 2015
Wailuku, Maui – Heavy rains in Haiku washed away recent pothole repairs along Kaupakalua Road earlier this week, prompting county work crews to return to the area today.
A number of area residents called to complain about the condition of the road Wednesday morning after the overnight rains, saying that some potholes were as much as 8 inches deep. The Department of Public Works had just filled in the potholes along Kaupakalua Road, Baldwin Avenue and other upcountry routes last week and went back today to patch the area up again, but added that this will be a temporary fix at best.
For a more semi-permanent solution, the department will be repaving the bad portions of Kaupakalua Road next month, once the Highways Division finishes its Kahekili Highway repaving project in Kahakuloa. The repaving work along Kaupakalua should be completed by mid to late June, and will improve existing road conditions until federal funds can be used to fix the road.
There will be areas left over that will need some additional work, but with existing maintenance funds the department is targeting the worst areas first, said Public Works Director David Goode. Given the existing conditions of the road, this will be a stop gap measure that we anticipate will last long enough for us to get to the bigger reconstruction project and something that we feel will be cost effective.
Kaupakalua Road has already been approved for federal road reconstruction funds – as were Kokomo and Hansen roads – and is scheduled for pavement reconstruction in 2018. Federal road reconstruction funds allow an 80/20 split in the participating construction costs between the Federal Government and the County of Maui.
By getting Kaupakalua Road reconstructed, the end result is a finished product that is designed and built to last for 25-30 years as opposed to a resurfacing project that would be more costly and last for 10 years, or less.
In the meantime county crews will continue to monitor conditions of Kaupakalua Road and patching areas that need to be addressed immediately. We ask that motorists in the area drive with caution until repairs can be made. Mahalo for your patience and understanding.