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MAYORWatch: Why are Hana Highway Speed Limits So Slow?

Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

Question: Why are the speed limits on Hana Highway past Paia mostly 30 or 35 miles per hour? The speed limit for a highway shouldn’t be the same as Kaahumanu Avenue. That seems to be a ridiculously slow speed for a highway. Have you ever followed a line of tourist cars from Huelo into town going 35 miles per hour on a daily basis? It is pretty annoying. Please raise the speed limits on Hana Highway. Mahalo.

Answer: My staff reached out to the state Department of Transportation and after speaking with officials they believe that the speed limit for Hana Hwy from Paia is appropriately posted considering residential areas with direct access driveways, narrow shoulder widths and school zones.

The state department plans to reevaluate Kaahumanu Avenue and possibly make adjustments to lower the speed limit considering it is urbanized with sidewalks, bike lanes, curb/gutter, multiple traffic signals, etc. Mahalo for your time and I’d like to remind all of us to please always drive with aloha.

Want to Ask the Mayor? Submit your Maui County related questions to Mayor Michael Victorino by email at [email protected], by phone at 270-7855 or by mail at 200 S. High St., ninth floor, Wailuku 96793. Questions submitted will be considered for inclusion in the “Ask theMayor” column; to request a personal response to a concern, email [email protected]

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