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Crews finish repaving Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 05:37 p.m. HST, Jul 10, 2014

It took about six months longer than expected and some $2.4 million in added costs, but Waialae Avenue has been fully repaved, bringing an end to the bumpy drive through Kaimuki.

Work to reconstruct parts of the road and repave the major thoroughfare for the first time in some 24 years shut down lanes and left the roadway a rumbling mess for roughly the past year and a half, often frustrating nearby residents.

Crews have painted temporary striping, and city officials said permanent road striping will begin later this month and include "sharrows" -- painted arrows along the street shoulder for bicyclists to share the road.

The project's contract was originally $9.3 million, but with extra costs, the repair project exceeded its 10 percent contingency, according to city officials. 

The Waialae Avenue project to revamp the road from around 1st Avenue to the H-1 Freeway was originally set to end in December 2013. However, after workers discovered sinkholes and "soft spots" below the surface, the contractor was given until the end of June 2014 and city officials later acknowledged it could take even longer to finish.

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mcc wrote:
$2.4 million added costs, more bad planning. Next they will dig it all out to replace water lines, repave it again, the dig it out to replace sewer lines and repave it again.
on July 10,2014 | 01:56PM
OldDiver wrote:
Nothing to do with bad planning. It's about years of neglect. Good to see the City Administration is serious about fixing and then maintaining our roads.
on July 10,2014 | 02:58PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If we were Japan we'd do the job with the intent of honoring the contract and giving the "Pursuit of Perfection", instead of fleecing the taxpayer.
on July 10,2014 | 04:19PM
localguy wrote:
Got that right. You will not find any of Nei Union Worker's slop job shovel asphalt pot hole jobs in Japan. Potholes are extremely rare on high quality Japanese roads with worse weather conditions. Just outside Camp Zama I saw a road crew patching a hole in the road. Later when I came back I had a very hard time finding the repair. They are that good, their daily standard. Sad to say Nei union workers are incapable of this high skill level of road repairs. Not in their DNA, not part of any union contract. Nei union workers know their limitations, can't match the Japanese.
on July 10,2014 | 05:38PM
Muzzy996 wrote:
Don't be so quick to blame contractors, garbage in garbage out...lack of resources at the city lead to poor contract documents which results in inaccurate bids. It happens all of the time and with so much to be done with so little budget the staff level engineers and planners struggle with the reality of these issues every day.
on July 10,2014 | 08:10PM
false wrote:
Ah, now I know what "sharrows" are and intended for. Had to google for details. There are a lot of striped bicycle lanes alongside of car lanes. That's good to protect the bicyclists. However these bike lanes suddenly merge with car lanes. That's not so good. Imagine both cars and bikes traveling 30mph. and merging together. It's easy to say both parties be cautious but legally speaking, who has the right of way in a situation like this? We all know who will come out injured if a collision did occur.
on July 10,2014 | 02:21PM
Tony91 wrote:
Bikes have the right of way, almost always.
on July 10,2014 | 03:42PM
fiveo wrote:
Ger ready for a lot of bicycle versus vehicle accidents. Some of these people on bicycles are starting to act like pedestrians who feel entitled and just step out on the roadway because the law gives them the right of way. Sad to see the Mayor and others pandering to this group. I just do not get it.
on July 10,2014 | 02:29PM
OPGLAW wrote:
join us in 2014. You know, trying to encourage bicycling and other modes of transport other than the car. It's smart planning, and will hopefully encourage more people out to get around on bike then sit in gas guzzling vehicles complaining about how bad traffic is. Go to a city like Amsterdam or Portland where tons of people commute by bike and then maybe you will 'get it'. Better yet, take a ride for yourself.
on July 10,2014 | 03:00PM
star08 wrote:
I'd join you, but sharrows aren't safe! It's an interface between fast traveling tons of steel and mere hundreds of lbs at the most. I know, I've been hit. I'll never take that chance again unless lanes are segregated with barriers. Lots of peeps want to ride bikes but won't because its not safe. Make it safe, then I'll ride.
on July 10,2014 | 11:22PM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
It took about six months longer than expected and some $2.4 million in added costs to repair just over a mile of pavement. I'm not sure how long it will take to repair the Kapiolani Park parking lot but it's been almost a year. This is not making me very confident that the rail will be completed on budget or on time. I'm sure HART has the excuses on press releases ready to go.
on July 10,2014 | 02:30PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I think I may have said this to you before, but your username is a winner! I giggle every time I see it.
on July 10,2014 | 02:56PM
mmauka wrote:
figures..east oahu ALWAYS gets finish doing anything in record time. they started meheula parkway in mililani months ago, then suddenly nothing and still incomplete. if this east oahu project took 6 months longer than expected, you can only imagine how long it'll take for mililani project!
on July 10,2014 | 02:43PM
Siege wrote:
About time...the intersection of Waialae and St. Louis Drive was awful...took long enough to get that fixed...I'm surprsied there wasn't car damage to vehicles hitting those bumps...
on July 10,2014 | 03:22PM
Benibiker wrote:
Nice to see all these roads neglected for decades finally getting fixed. H-1 rehab is coming out great, love the drive every day now, extra lane and nice and smooth.
on July 10,2014 | 03:40PM
localguy wrote:
Don't hold your breath. Within a year the BWS and HECO will be in to tear up the street to work their areas. More torn up asphalt, steel plates, slop job re-installation of asphalt. Nei standard.
on July 10,2014 | 05:41PM
Tony91 wrote:
I drove waiholo st the other day and noticed how the city repaved the entire area. It was not bad before but now it is beautiful. The 100 homes in this little kahala enclave will enjoy it. Now that they are done, how about repaving streets thousands of people actually use everyday? -like Waikamilo and North King street? These streets, particularly where they intersect are amazingly bad. When the city announced their repaving projects, I assumed these streets were at the top of the list. Two years later, nothing has happened. Bagdad has better roads than these two. I think the city's way of prioritizing their repaving projects is totally
on July 10,2014 | 03:48PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Needed some extra dough to make the monthly rent so it went longer than expected. Is the government going to say no?
on July 10,2014 | 04:17PM
false wrote:
The soft spots excuse is a lie. The construction company had their equipment sitting idle for months last year. Someone should ask the tough question - why did the city not fund this project properly - the workers said it was union related - the company that did the work was non-union.
on July 10,2014 | 04:46PM
Wazdat wrote:
on July 10,2014 | 09:24PM
islandsun wrote:
Again the city is inept. Dishing out taxpayer money like they won the lottery. City project managers should have to file financial disclosures so we can see the real problem.
on July 10,2014 | 05:10PM
localguy wrote:
As we know, union contract rules requiring contracts to be in six month increments. When this job started to go over by a couple of weeks, union bosses jumped in to ensure union rules were followed. Suddenly the work will take a full six months longer. As union bosses say, "We will not have pay stolen from our hard working union members." Really. Are you serious?
on July 10,2014 | 05:40PM
Wazdat wrote:
Incompetence once again. wow
on July 10,2014 | 09:22PM
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