UPDATE 4/4/12: As numerous final touches are added day by day, the mayor will officially open Kihei’s first roundabout this Monday at noon. Not every facet will be in place, as electronics on order to activate flashing warning light at crosswalks before and after the round seemingly will not be available for several weeks, and landscaping, as shown here, may not be 100%, but with drivers clamoring for an opening, and the roadway complete, it sure looks like round one is about to begin.
UPDATE: 3/13/12. While some portions of roads remain closed, you can see most of the major construction is completed.
UPDATE: 2/16/12 Half Roundabout almost completed, as construction continues, causing Pi’ikea to continue as one way street for now.
UPDATE: As the next phase of construction begins on 1/30/12, Pi’ikea has been reduced to one way (makai) from the highway to SKR, while Liloa is closed at it’s intersection, projected for several weeks. While much of the landscaping is blooming, one immediate problem reported to KCA concerns the traffic lights on the highway at Pi’ikea as well as Lipoa, as seemingly this phase of project was not coordinated with the State DOT to modify the signal light timing, causing long waits at both intersections.
After several years of discussions and planning, now that construction on the circular intersection of Pi’ikea and Liloa has begun, the development is preceeding quickly, with an expected opening in early 2012. In addition to eliminating the stop and go of a “4-way Stop,” this project will include the missing center segment of the “opened” bike path makai of Liloa, which continues to be blocked by county government, even in the end sections, which were completed months ago.