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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Construction of new jail on track for completion by 2014

Advertiser Staff

The state is moving forward with plans to build a $235 million jail facility in Pu'unēnē on Maui, Gov. Linda Lingle said yesterday.

The project, within the former Pu'unēnē Airport area along Mokulele Highway, is aimed at replacing the aged and overcrowded Maui Community Correctional Center, as well as providing for anticipated growth in the inmate population.

The administration is working with the Legislature on financing for the construction. Lingle said other options will include the use of private financing and phasing of the project.

Planning and design of the project is estimated to be completed this year and pending acceptable financing terms, construction of the project could start in 2011 and be completed in 2013-14.

An environmental impact statement will be prepared for the project, which will also include public informational meetings and opportunities for public review and comment on the EIS.