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Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff.

November 7, 2013
Mayor Alan Arakawa - Maui County Mayor ( , Maui Weekly

Dear Mayor,

Q: Why on Maui are trucks allowed to have over-sized tires sticking out past fender walls? How are these vehicles passing safety inspections? Why aren't police enforcing? For safety reasons, what are the restrictions on bumper heights?

A: Tires are not allowed to extend beyond the fender well, and Maui Police officers do cite for over-sized tires on vehicles. In fact, since December of 2012, MPD has issued 259 citations for tires extended beyond the fender. Police enforce these laws to prevent accidents where rocks and other objects are free from containment of a fender well and by force of the moving tire, are thrown outward and potentially onto other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Under HRS 291-35.1, maximum bumper heights of motor vehicles are determined by the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle and vary between 22 inches for passenger vehicles to 35 inches for vehicles weighing 7,501 to 10,000 lbs.

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Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa

Dear Mayor,

Q: Hansen Road is heavily used as the de facto bypass between Mokulele and Hana highways. It also serves as the link between Central Maui and the landfill, and to several large industrial enterprises, including HC&S' Pu'unene Mill. Lastly, it is also used as part of the Upcountry shortcut. Hansen Road is in deplorable condition and is very dangerous. Why is it not being completely renovated, let alone even being adequately maintained?

A: Indeed, this is a vital artery on many levels. Our Department of Public Works has secured federal funds to help pay for improvements to Hansen Road. The project has been declared a federal aid project and is scheduled to be advertised for bids late next year with construction expected to start in the spring of 2015. The project will include the reconstruction of Hansen Road between the HC&S driveway just west of Spanish Road to Hana Highway.

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