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Caldwell reiterates his call for more pothole fixes

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:36 p.m. HST, Jan 09, 2013

Mayor Kirk Caldwell patched potholes on Gulick Avenue this morning, reiterating his campaign promise to make fixing potholes a priority in his administration.

Caldwell said that after heavy rains, Facility Maintenance Director Ross Sasamura will beef up regular pothole crews with additional road personnel to fill as many holes as possible.

The public can help by calling the city’s new pothole hotline at 768-7777, or fill out an onine form that can be found at http://www1.honolulu.gov/dfm/road/pothole.htm.

Caldwell was sworn-in as Honolulu's 14th mayor on Jan. 2.

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engineersoldier wrote:
This should not be PR game or a numbers game. They not only need to do It correctly, but more importantly, need to correctly design and construct these roads so they last close to their design life .
on January 9,2013 | 12:43PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
By design life, I take it you mean thousands of years, like the roads built by the Roman Empire? The roads in our state a truly pathetic...
on January 9,2013 | 12:53PM
OldDiver wrote:
This was done of course to emphasize Mayor Caldwell's commitment on keeping his campaign promise. By nature he is a hands on guys who enjoys getting his hands dirty. I expect to see the Mayor out and about acting like the Mayor of a small town but also tackling the problems of a large city.
on January 9,2013 | 01:30PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Finally u talk.
on January 9,2013 | 02:11PM
MKN wrote:
@OldDiver: I must say I give Caldwell credit. You would never have seen Harris, Mufi, or Carlisle out with the actual truck in jeans and a t-shirt patching potholes! Maybe there's some hope for the city during the next 8 years if rail doesn't bankrupt us. Let's pray that it never happens. :)
on January 9,2013 | 02:13PM
false wrote:
Filling a pot hole? I'd be more impress if he was sitting up on one of those paving machines.
on January 9,2013 | 02:43PM
Imagen wrote:
Only time will tell. I truly hope that you are correct OD.
on January 9,2013 | 03:14PM
localguy wrote:
OldDiver completely misses the point. Shoveling asphalt into a pothole and tamping it down is not repairing the pothole. At most it is a temporary band aid approach, used by clueless bureaucrats and out own DOT to make it look like they are doing work. To fix the pothole you have to go to the root of the problem, shoveling asphalt isn't it. Yes, Kirk is doing exactly what PRP wants him to do, look busy while actually shoveling make work projects to union members while actually wasting tax payer's money. Twice nothing is still nothing. How soon do we get a new mayor?
on January 9,2013 | 06:32PM
lynnh wrote:
This was nothing more than a PR stunt, and if you think anything other you need to wake up. It won't be loing until he does exactly what he did the last time he was a fill in mayor....nothing!
on January 9,2013 | 11:45PM
Kapcity wrote:
Grace Pacific monopolise the road paving work here in oahu. Why do you think our roads don't last too long?
on January 9,2013 | 02:38PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Finally--the root cause of our paved road woes. Blaming the city for work done by private sector road construction crews is clueless.
on January 9,2013 | 07:42PM
lynnh wrote:
Though it is true. They have a strangle hold and they are in the pockets of politicians out here.
on January 9,2013 | 11:48PM
DPK wrote:
engineersoldier: You are right. It seems they are always repairing, buat never fixing.
on January 9,2013 | 04:11PM
allie wrote:
Photo OP? Don't talk about it. Do it!!!
on January 9,2013 | 12:53PM
Robynne wrote:
hey boo give the man a chance and see what he can do!!!!
on January 9,2013 | 01:47PM
lynnh wrote:
Umm, he already had a chance and did nothing. Yet, the idiots out here elected him. Or was it rigged? What ever happened to the investigation on the runing out of ballots in Cayatano heavy voting areas? Swept under the rug!
on January 9,2013 | 11:50PM
kawikakoike96819 wrote:
Another PR ploy just like MUFI used to do.
on January 9,2013 | 12:54PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yup, another photo op.
on January 9,2013 | 01:27PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Jeremy Harris was the PHOTO OP King but he just lost his crown to our new mayor.
on January 9,2013 | 01:54PM
MKN wrote:
Major difference between the last three mayors and this one is Caldwell went to patch potholes in jeans and a t-shirt. You would never have saw that from any of the other clowns and they would have only done like one or two. From the looks of the photo, it seems like he probably spent the day doing this otherwise he wouldn't have worn actual pothole work clothes.
on January 9,2013 | 02:16PM
lynnh wrote:
PR stunt and that is all.
on January 9,2013 | 11:51PM
false wrote:
There must be a Mayors photo op book 101
on January 9,2013 | 02:45PM
Wazdat wrote:
YUP what a JOKER
on January 9,2013 | 03:48PM
dlum003 wrote:
Boy, this Caldwell guy sure is a shameless photo opportunist isnt he? Ok ok, I'm sure we're all impressed with your implied hands on approach to Mayorness. Now get back in your office and get the paid DOT guys on the roads now!!!!! ... starting with Meheula Parkway in Mililani. That horrific stretch from Mililani Town Center to the H2 onramps is outright shameful for such an otherwise nicely manicured community! You need a tank to get over all the potholes and root humps. I saw Caldwell signwaving there right in front of a giant pothole! Now get those professional lunch breakers back to work!
on January 9,2013 | 12:58PM
false wrote:
Bradda got balls no shame.
on January 9,2013 | 02:46PM
1coconut wrote:
I agree with you. Meheula from Ham Hwy to H-2 is the worst stretch of major road on Oahu. Its been that way for a long time and is getting worse every rainy day. Patching pot holes on Meheula has made it a patch work of roughness. Please help my truck is taking a beating.
on January 9,2013 | 02:56PM
Wazdat wrote:
on January 9,2013 | 03:49PM
dlum003 wrote:
Just saw him on the news and he has a Fire Fighters shirt on! ... beyond shameless. Does he have on SHOPO bebs too? Maybe tomorrow he'll make an arrest! Or rescue a little kitty cat from a tree and kiss babies. Pretty insulting and all the hooray harry's on this forum are just eating it up. Huuuuurl!
on January 9,2013 | 05:15PM
ross13moon wrote:
there's some real nasty pukas on the freeways
on January 9,2013 | 01:03PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Freeways are a state matter, not city.
on January 9,2013 | 01:10PM
Robynne wrote:
Freeways are under state jurrisdiction not city
on January 9,2013 | 01:44PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Don't you think Kirk should fill those during rush hour. That way we can honk our horns in appreciation and every once in a while give him a bump to let him know how much we appreciate him.
on January 9,2013 | 01:55PM
littleyoboboy wrote:
talk about potholes,,,, how about the stretch of the airport viaduct westbound next to radford high school football field. the right lane is about to fall into the drainage ditch !
on January 9,2013 | 01:16PM
Robynne wrote:
call the state DOT not city
on January 9,2013 | 01:45PM
Skyler wrote:
If you guys put something inside the danged holes besides black kitty litter, maybe just MAYBE there wouldn't BE any potholes, eh Mayor? Better yet, send someone to the mainland to learn how to properly lay pavement so potholes become rare instead of commonplace.
on January 9,2013 | 01:21PM
false wrote:
THanks Skyler finally someone recognizes the need for paving.
on January 9,2013 | 02:47PM
Wazdat wrote:
on January 9,2013 | 03:50PM
kailua1980 wrote:
Uh, freeways and most highways, and many major roads, are under the State of Hawaii DOT, just so you can 'comment" to the right agency. Design and construction? You know how many hurdles the state and city has to jump over to repave a road? When they do, people complain about the traffic delays, noise, whatever. We're terrible...we complain about the pothole or the road, then we complain when it is getting fixed or about how much it will cost. The state pothole call in number is 536-7852 by the way.
on January 9,2013 | 01:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Born in 1980 or class of 1980?
on January 9,2013 | 06:00PM
Bumby wrote:
Keeping track of the Moanalua road by Pearlridge to Pearl City. Repaved in 2012, Let's see how long this road last before cracks and potholes start to emerge. Don't know how good the qulity of the asphalt is but we should be made aware by the contractor how long these repavements will last. Make them accountable for the quality of product and workmanship.
on January 9,2013 | 01:23PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Did you know there's only one plant that makes the asphalt for our roads? Grace Pacific if memory serves me right. So yes it's a monopoly and thus yes it's in their interest to have roads that always need repairs. Messed up huh.....
on January 9,2013 | 01:40PM
Skyler wrote:
Where do they buy all that kitty litter? Inquiring minds want to know...
on January 9,2013 | 01:45PM
lowtone123 wrote:
We have known for a long time that the quality of asphalt they are using is poor exacerbated by the fact that the repairs are done in less than ideal weather where the asphalt doesn't have time to dry and cure properly. It is cheaper than other types of material. Keeps the city and state workers busy, i.e. job security.
on January 9,2013 | 01:40PM
false wrote:
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on January 9,2013 | 01:32PM
false wrote:
yeah. Go sign an appropriation for the paving of roads before you approve anymore rail contracts.
on January 9,2013 | 02:49PM
Wazdat wrote:
on January 9,2013 | 03:51PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
So glad cayetaNO NOt mayor.....braddah would be at McDonalds.
on January 9,2013 | 05:02PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Aina Haina branch
on January 9,2013 | 05:59PM
Denominator wrote:
We should get rid of position of Mayor and hire another road repair worker. Caldwell is overpaid for his postion of pothole filler.
on January 9,2013 | 01:32PM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
hehehehe, well said bruddah.
on January 9,2013 | 01:40PM
allie wrote:
and sistah
on January 9,2013 | 01:53PM
Waipahunokaoi wrote:
Nothing but a pathetic photo op. just wait a few more months and see what really happens.
on January 9,2013 | 01:44PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Whoooo Boy! Looks like we have another Jeremy Harris on our hands. Looks like Kirk never saw a camera he didn't like. PHOTO OPS INCORPORATED.
on January 9,2013 | 01:53PM
kanapuu22 wrote:
Well Mr. Mayor -- your intentions are good, but if that's the method you'll be using to fix our pot hole ridden streets -- you're not fixing anything, just delaying the inevitable until the next big rain...........our streets are worse than some Third World countries....
on January 9,2013 | 01:57PM
svkamahoi wrote:
Well said, kanapuu22. I'd like to know exactly where that pothole is so someone could take another picture of it in a month.
on January 9,2013 | 02:04PM
Wazdat wrote:
on January 9,2013 | 03:51PM
silvangold wrote:
yeah but, maybe, just maybe in a 'couple of months' there will be something 'more important' with different photo ops going on while our vehicles/tires/shocks go to "pot"...............auwe
on January 9,2013 | 01:58PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I hope this the only thing he takes out of the Mufi playbook.
on January 9,2013 | 02:00PM
hanoz808 wrote:
i submitted a request about 1 hour ago and got a call back. They wanted to make sure it was on a City Road, becuase there are roads that are worked on by the State.....hopefully they fix this huge pot hole outside.
on January 9,2013 | 02:03PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The roads got to be repaired right and coordinated with the Board of Water Supply. Simply dumping asphalt into a pothole will not fix the roads. A coordinated effort needs to be led, and done once and only once.
on January 9,2013 | 02:14PM
Who_Said wrote:
The problem is the City only fixes the pothole, they gotta start fixing the entire roadway instead...
on January 9,2013 | 02:15PM
false wrote:
Here it is folk PR game. For heavens sake the roads need paving. PAVING not band aids.
on January 9,2013 | 02:42PM
gth wrote:
Have you seen the roads in 'Vegas and/or the other islands (ie Maui and Kona). No pot holes and they have all kinds of weather conditions. Whether its a PR stunt or not, maybe we should look at what kind of tar or whatever you call it that fills the potholes. Evey Mayor has promised us to repair it and our roads are in worse condition now.
on January 9,2013 | 02:50PM
DPK wrote:
gth: If we can't keep low tech roadways maintained, it will be fun to see how the City keeps up the rail system.
on January 9,2013 | 04:15PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I will keep a keen eye on the Caldwell patch, as i can locate it, based on the pic on Gulick Avenue. If it wears out in three months, i shall petition the City Council to impeach Kirk.
on January 9,2013 | 05:48PM
false wrote:
Mayor who put you up to this? Managing director, etc. bad idea. You're going to catch a lot of you know what.
on January 9,2013 | 02:52PM
tasod wrote:
Throwing some asphalt in a hole and smacking it with a shovel (or the tamper that I use on dirt in my yard - as in the photo) doesn't constitute repairing. Every time it rains or 25 cars drive over it the repair will crumble. We need true road engineering and contracts that hold the contractor liable for repair.
on January 9,2013 | 02:57PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
you can see in the picture why pothole patches never last..he is using a hand held tamper..as least use a jumping jack or a machine tamper..it might last longer..for people wondering how much it costs grace pacific to resurface our roads..it costs 1 million dollars for 1 lane 1 mile long..it's very expensive since there is no competition
on January 9,2013 | 03:07PM
Imagen wrote:
Same ole same ole; SOS different day. $1million here and $another million there and every where else! $5.26 B for a rail system? Do you see the irony of it all? We can't even seem to fix our infrastructure CORRECTLY so the damages do not repeat themselves. AND you all still want these very same people to construct your trolley car system? With the very same asphalt that Gulick Avenue is getting...Ooops sorry my bad; trolley cars do not use asphalt; they use rusting steel - better yet!
on January 9,2013 | 03:24PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Not hanabusa days?
on January 9,2013 | 05:50PM
vernchs wrote:
Waht a band-aid solution rather than repaving the roadways. All da money going to the rail dats why.
on January 9,2013 | 03:43PM
Wazdat wrote:
THAT IS NOT FIXING POTHOLES. its called JOB SECURITY....learn how to pave the roads PROPERLY...
on January 9,2013 | 03:48PM
Imagen wrote:
There are two sides to every coin; one with the head and the other with a ... On one side, it appears that our mayor is "hands on" and willing to get into the trenches. But the jury is still out on the other side. I would love to believe that Caldwell is a hands-on type of guy and yet I am wondering WHY? He has MANY departments with workers and supervisors to perform these duties, so does this mean that we have a micro-manager here? As far as I'm concerned, if his level of intellect is that of a laborer, then by all means, give him a job that will enhance his capabilities. I for one expect our newly elected paid-for Mayor to be a learned man with the wherewithal to produce measured results in the areas which need attention for simple lacking thereof. Projects such as improved and enhanced infrastructure; i.e. roads, sewers, parks, county facilities and services; all to improve the quality of life for Oahuans and their guests. Very simple tasks, but apparently tasks that escape our community leaders, who are more concerned with lining their own pockets with other people's money...
on January 9,2013 | 03:49PM
loio wrote:
on January 9,2013 | 04:04PM
Kapcity wrote:
damned if you do and damned if you don't...
on January 9,2013 | 04:04PM
akuman808 wrote:
Mayor, for the ridiculous reason you believe filling pot holes is a good fix is why I didn't vote for you because you don't have the guts and political will to do the hard things, bucking unions.. It insures a perpetual job for those city workers who will fill the same holes until they retire. Your obvious promise to the unions who backed you. At least the former mayor repaved the entire stretch of streets like in Pearl City and Aiea.
on January 9,2013 | 04:18PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
He's acting like Jeremy Harris, desperate for approval and love. Back to the future, I guess!
on January 9,2013 | 04:18PM
Mythman wrote:
Imagine the absurdity of it: here he is with a shovel and some asphalt filling in a hole caused by rain and he is the guy who is going to spend five billion dollars building an elevated rail road to go back and forth along the same path. It just boggles the mind - the real versus the fantastic.
on January 9,2013 | 04:21PM
64hoo wrote:
the picture shows mayor Caldwell filling in a pot hole but it won't last that long. look at the road around the pothole full of cracks if he is only filling that one pothole and then there done expect more potholes to pop up because that cracked road will turn into more potholes.
on January 9,2013 | 04:21PM
mcc wrote:
See how loose that stuff is? They will pat it down and the next rain will wash them away. When are they going to patch them with something that lasts longer?
on January 9,2013 | 04:37PM
ichiban wrote:
Fix Bingham Street, from the entrance at Punahou until the end at Isenberg. And ban tourist buses and shuttle buses and large trucks from using this street as a shortcut to Waikiki. For one thing it's hazardous and another the road isn't built to take on that kind of weight.
on January 9,2013 | 04:54PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Funny how it seems that almost none of Captain Kirk's 54% who voted for him have not said a peep here.
on January 9,2013 | 05:56PM
mctruck wrote:
It's called, "JOB SECURITY," do a lousy job so they can come back in a few months and do it all over again. They not stupid...public works the world over have the same, M.O. Such a shame.
on January 9,2013 | 06:17PM
SueH wrote:
LEAVE THE POTHOLES ALONE!!! I'll take them anyday over the half-_ssed patches the City throws at them......The "patches" just add a bunch of loose grave and create a bigger bump on the road, adding to the bomb craters we already have to dodge.
on January 9,2013 | 06:21PM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
i agree with most here. filling potholes ain't gonna do it mr mayor!
on January 9,2013 | 06:25PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
LOL. Nothing but band-aid patching. I hope he doesn't run our city that way!
on January 9,2013 | 06:28PM
localguy wrote:
A close look at the picture shows damaged asphalt all around the area being patched. Meaning within a few weeks the pothole will be back. All the damaged area must be removed to correctly fix the problem. This is what the Japanese do, fix the entire problem. They do not shovel patch ,a waste of time and money. Kirk, you need to admit you were posed for this picture, no clue what you were doing, actually looking clueless about how to repair a pothole. Naturally all set up by PRP. Here we go again, another clueless mayor.
on January 9,2013 | 06:35PM
Kuniarr wrote:
PR or no PR, at least Caldwell is showing he wants to fix potholes.

However the matter of the Bus cutbacks during the administration of Carlisle that was triggered by the diverting of Federal funding for TheBus to Rail construction should be addressed.

Both Rail construction and TheBus should share in the 5307 FTA fund and not exclusively for Rail construction.
on January 9,2013 | 06:53PM
islandsun wrote:
And not to foget the traffic signals that are way off everwhere.
on January 9,2013 | 08:49PM
lynnh wrote:
Yeah, that's it! Don't fix it right. Today they started paving a road in Kailua that was not too bad and did not need repaving yet. Directly behind where they are working is saddle road that is a complete nightmare and dangerous. I broke a ball joint three weeks ago on it. They are not repaving it. This is your stupid city and county.
on January 9,2013 | 11:43PM
lynnh wrote:
Exactly!! This so call repair would never be done by a reputable contractor.
on January 9,2013 | 11:47PM
poidragon wrote:
Hey Mayor! Quit yur yapping and get the job done already, we have heard enough smak talk outta you, get to work and get er done, or get the heck out!
on January 10,2013 | 12:19AM
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