Maui County official discusses roads, sidewalks, bike paths and flooding in South Maui. “What we have to do is try to work with what we have.”

February 2, 2012
Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez , The Maui Weekly

It was a full house at the Tuesday, Jan. 17, meeting of the Kihei Community Association (KCA), with over 85 people gathered to hear Maui County Director of Public Works David Goode’s talk about his plans for bike paths, sidewalks, road improvements and flood mitigation in Kihei.

Led by KCA President Jon Miller, Goode was questioned about flooding, the status of the North-South Collector Road, bike paths, monkeypod tree preservation and street safety.

“We seem to be building culverts and sending water straight into the ocean,” Miller told Goode.

“What we have to do is try to work with what we have,” Goode responded. He said that erosion is happening and it is being accelerated by manmade activities.

“We can’t ask everyone to move out of Kihei,” Goode told the audience. “That is impractical. We are dealing with a built environment.”

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