Transportation department modifies Honoapiilani Highway project

The DOT announced Monday it will modify its Honoapiilani Highway project on Maui after hearing concerns from environmental leaders.

The DOT had planned to build a seawall and put boulders along the highway to protect it from erosion in Olowalu in West Maui. Environmentalists were worried about the project’s impact on beachgoers and Hawaiian monk seals that frequent the beaches there.

The DOT says under its revised plan, it will restripe the highway and move the lanes farther away from the pounding surf instead of putting the boulders there.


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