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Sinking street means uncertain end date for Waialae repairs

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:20 p.m. HST, Mar 31, 2014

A Honolulu city spokesman said it's unclear when roadwork along the torn-up Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki will end because of water-logged conditions under the street.

Reconstruction and repaving work on Waialae Avenue was originally set to end in December 2013, Jesse Broder Van Dyke, a spokesman for Mayor Kirk Caldwell, said in an email.

However, after workers discovered sinkholes and "soft spots" below the surface, the contractor was given until the end of June 2014, Broder Van Dyke said.

"It is possible that the schedule could be extended further if they continue to run into soft spots that halt the project," he added.

The work has closed down lanes and left the roadway a rumbling, bumpy ride along the major Kaimuki thoroughfare for well over a year, frustrating residents.

The Waialae work is part of a larger citywide effort to repave some 1,500 miles of city-owned streets in a five-year period. Road officials paved just under 400 miles last year, but many of those road ways were considered the easier, "low-hanging fruit," city officials said.

Last year, as they touted being ahead of pace, officials overseeing the effort warned that some of the tougher projects, such as the ongoing work on Waialae Avenue, would take longer to complete.

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HanabataDays wrote:
That's the very place where you might expect to see water issues, considering how the channelized Palolo Stream takes a sharp dogleg Ewa at that location. No doubt there's still underground water moving outside the channel, taking whatever shortcut to the Ala Wai it can find. Somewhat the same conditions exist near the intersection of S. King and University, there have been articles about the blind fish, lizards, etc in the "catacombs" under King's Alley.
on March 31,2014 | 10:26AM
1local wrote:
will the project be completed before Chang leaves office? Put chang back on TV...
on March 31,2014 | 12:39PM
hikine wrote:
"uncertain end" translates to open ended contract with no cap on when it's going to be done! This is where aging pipes and poor road maintenance collide.
on March 31,2014 | 10:52AM
menloboy wrote:
Look, no street repair takes 18 months or more to repair. The only "soft spots" of the job are in the heads of those running the job! If Honolulu contractors can't do the the work in an average life time, hire a mainland outfit that is use to competition and getting a job done on time. They seem to get it done through earthquakes, mud slides, floods, etc. etc. It is beyond belief what Hawaii taxpayers have to fund. Yea, I'm in California, but raised in Hawaii. You have got to leave to see there is a whole different world out there.
on March 31,2014 | 12:20PM
steve76 wrote:
"For every soft-spot they hit ",, that's a additional change order the city has to issue ,,,, this contractor is smiling all the way to the bank ........
on March 31,2014 | 12:53PM
Grimbold wrote:
City budget on road repair for 2014: Under $30 million. Vineyard Blvd repair alone: 40 million. This means our roads will go to hell even more. 200 million for annual maintenance would be needed . Because near nothing was done for 30 years the backlog is like 1 billion or more.
on March 31,2014 | 01:45PM
goodvibrations wrote:
What else can they do?? After all its a volcanic island with numerous subterranean caverns and streams...our Hawaii...
on March 31,2014 | 02:17PM
fairgame947 wrote:
The mayor should be forced to drive that road every day, even though it's out of his way. Having to drive it every day would get it fixed. It is a terrible road!
on March 31,2014 | 02:18PM
kiragirl wrote:
That is a great idea. Let the mayor drive on Kapiolani too. And Vineyard. And Beretania. And Liliha.
on March 31,2014 | 09:15PM
onevoice82 wrote:
And Wanaao in Kailua!
on April 1,2014 | 05:26AM
jotobuddy123 wrote:
For those of us who drive this everyday, its hard to even fathom that this "thing" can remotely be defined as a road. I sincerely believe that we are actually driving on Oahu Island. Literally the island itself. Not paved road but actual Island. The City should be ashamed that they allow vehicles to drive on this (unable to describe). They ought to close Waialae Ave down completely at night and fix it once an for al!!!
on March 31,2014 | 02:55PM
Wazdat wrote:
We must have the most INCOMPETENT city and state in the country. REALLY, no research was done before they tore up the road?

This is totally unacceptable and we should hire someone from the mainland that knows HOW TO FIX this HUGE PROBLEM !!!

on March 31,2014 | 02:56PM
Roosevelt wrote:
The unending delays are a disaster for Kaimuki merchants.
on March 31,2014 | 04:31PM
haolecrab wrote:
The contractor, Glover, is a joke! Close to two years? They have left Waialae Ave in shambles, and their bond should be pulled. If the street is "sinking", then why are the buildings still standing? Shibai! Bring in Grace Pacific, and get the job completed, properly, quickly, and the messed cleaned up on a daily basis. Glover leaves their equipment all over Kaimuki, and driving at night is an accident (City liability) waiting to happen. I have had two close calls, sliding on gravel left on the road by Glover at the intersection of 16th and Waialae. (6 months ago) The City inspectors must be blind! The business owners all along Waialae, and the residents in Kaimuki should file a suit against the City and Glover. You can't even see the lane markings at night. Caldwell and Broder need to drive Waialae, especially at night, and get pro-active. There is no excuse or reason this should be allowed to continue. Carroll Cox: Where are you?????
on March 31,2014 | 05:19PM
loio wrote:
waialae avenue near the entrance to Chaminade/St. Louis is the worst. an embarrassment. and it's been that way for a long, long time. how about at least temporarily filling in the potholes, or laying down a coat of asphalt. it's Third World. or Fourth World. no more foreign trips for C&C officials until that problem is solved.
on March 31,2014 | 05:53PM
wkam wrote:
I hope they are not considering to follow through with the bike lane. It is already congested enough with the existing lanes and its a reason why there is contra-flow on Waialae Ave. Is someone from the City also checking and verifying these "soft spots" to make sure that the contractor isn't just adding additional work?!
on March 31,2014 | 07:57PM
onevoice82 wrote:
Bike lanes will move ahead as planned, sorry wkam!
on April 1,2014 | 05:27AM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Were is the hands on Mayor? He said he loves this stuff.......got lots to love now.
on March 31,2014 | 11:34PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Enough excuses, get it done!
on April 1,2014 | 04:47AM
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