$37.5 million in state funding has been released for transportation

HONOLULU – More than $37.5 million in state funding has been released for transportation capital improvement projects, including nearly $8 million for construction at Kahului Airport.

Some of the projects address storm damage in March to highways and roadways, according to an announcement this month from Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s office.

Maui County projects include:

* $5.41 million for construction of an aircraft parking apron extension at Maui Airport.

* $2.5 million for construction of a new public address and gate management system at Kahului Airport.

* $2 million for Hana Highway improvements between Uakea Road and Keawa Place, including widening to provide two-way traffic flow to accommodate emergency vehicles responding from the nearby Hana Fire Station.

* Nearly $1.7 million for construction of a runway safety area extension to bring Kapalua-West Maui Airport into compliance with Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

* $300,000 for design of restoration of shoulders near Olowalu on Honoapiilani Highway. The roadway shoulders were damaged by high surf.

* $4,000 for design of a taxiway safety area extension at Hoolehua Airport on Molokai to bring the airport into compliance with FAA requirements. Including federal funds, the project cost is $80,000.

Funding of $15 million for emergency slope repairs and $7 million for emergency drainage repairs, both in the aftermath of heavy rains in March, would primarily be used on Kauai and Oahu but would also extend to Maui and Molokai, according to the announcement.
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