The Hawaii Department of Transportation just announced that concurrent with the opening of the main Lahaina Bypass Road, it will be installing screens around the area’s perimeter.
Dust screens also add a significant layer of privacy and security protection to areas where they are used and will help shield the fire zone from passersby. They will also keep the dust down from an area that is believed to contain countless hazardous materials.
The destruction is to remain off limits.
DOT says that “the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) began installing dust screens around Lāhainā Town. The dust screens will reduce the spread of potentially hazardous materials across the roadways. This measure is being taken to protect highway users along Honoapiʻilani Highway (Route 30) and the Lāhāina Bypass (Route 3000). ”
That comes as “federal, state, Maui County, and volunteer agencies continue recovery actions in Lāhāina. The dust screens will not interfere with those efforts.”
The Department of Transportation is beginning the installation of the fence posts today. They said that it may take up to a month to complete the screen installation. Those will then be maintained by HDOT until further notice.
Lahaina Bypass Road first reopened yesterday.
Access to West Maui was allowed to all vehicles today, following the closure since the Maui fire.
Gov. Green announced the opening of the Lahaina Bypass in his briefing late yesterday, but also urged the public to access West Maui only if necessary.