A mere 24 hours after exciting and titillating Upcountry and Central Maui residents with promises of “speed humps,” the Maui County Public Information Office suddenly announced that no such “work” would be taking place anytime soon.
Citing “heavy scheduling conflicts” with contractor Rimrock Paving, the county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Management Engineering Divisions announced on Oct. 5 that speed hump work in Kahului, Kula and Wailuku originally scheduled for Oct. 10 won’t in fact occur until “mid to late November” at the earliest.
Much of the disappointment came from the fact that just a day earlier, on Oct. 4, the county Public Information Office had announced that the long awaited “speed hump installation” would “get underway” on Oct. 10. Residents were especially excited to hear that the “project” was to last for more than a month.
“The 30-consecutive working day project is due for completion on November 23,” stated the release. The press release also said the project’s “scope of work” was to include “some resurfacing,” “constructing and installing speed humps,” “cold planing” and the ever-popular “adjusting utilities.”
Rimrock was to “install” the speed humps at Ainakula and Na’alae Roads in Kula, West Waiko Road and Kaniele Street in Wailuku and Lalani Circle in Kahului. Scattered reports from all three communities indicate residents are saddened by the rescheduling, but remain optimistic that the speed humps will eventually go in.
Considering the county is willing to pay Rimrock $259,505 for the speed humps, residents have every reason to be hopeful that they’ll be the best damn speed humps on Maui. After all, with a name like Rimrock, speed humps have to be their specialty. MTW