A news release from the state House of Representatives reports that Maui legislators secured almost $300 million in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for various projects across the island.
The largest single item by far is $130 million over the next two years for construction of the new Kihei High School. Construction is expected to begin in 2015, and the full funding will allow bidding on the whole project, saving the state millions of dollars, the press release said.
In addition to the high school, $3.6 million is designated for the acquisition of land to develop a new two-lane highway from Kihei to Upcountry.
In Central Maui, $60 million has been appropriated for land acquisition and construction of a new access road from Kahului Airport to Hana Highway. A regional park in Central Maui got $4.7 million for design and construction.
CIP funding for the Upcountry area includes $9 million for the design and construction of a new pipeline system for the Upcountry Maui Watershed Project; $8 million for the acquisition of land, and design and construction of a state Upcountry Maui agricultural park; $6.744 million for various improvements along Hana Highway; and $14 million for the construction of a new auditorium at King Kekaulike High School.