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District 1: 77% of roads are in 'fair' or better condition

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 6:58 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

A city survey done last fall found that Council District 1 had the third-highest percentage of roads that were "fair" or better, at 77.2 percent. That compares with 72.2 percent of city roads in fair shape or better islandwide.


» Represented by Councilwoman Kymberly Pine (Email)

» Encompasses most of Oahu's Leeward Coast, stretching from Ewa Beach to Makaha

Only Districts 7 and 8 — in the island's center — had higher percentages of roads than District 1 that were in at least fair shape.

District 1 also had the third-lowest percentage of roads considered "poor" or worse, at 22.8 percent. That outperformed the overall island, which saw 27.8 percent of its city roads in poor condition or worse.

Once again, only Districts 7 and 8 boasted lower poor-or-worse percentages than District 1.

Less than half a mile of road in District 1 was considered failed, or among the worst-of-the-worst city roads on Oahu. However, the Leeward district had more than 36 miles of poor roads, 22 miles of very poor roads and nearly six miles of "serious" roads.


Star-Advertiser readers sound off on island roads via Facebook, online story comments and email feedback:

Kamehameha Highway passing Wally Ho's auto shop and Dixie Grill! That whole road is a hot mess, feels like I'm off-roading!
—Alisha Rego

I think many readers like me would be very interested to learn how our roadway construction and maintenance compares to the best in the world. I have driven extensively in Germany and don't recall ever driving on a bad or even mediocre road.
—Ashley Douglas

If the same old people year after year doing the same job on our roads, yep, it would be a good idea to hire from the mainland, then we can compare who does the better job.

On the way to Office Depot I hit several potholes which were filled with water and probably unavoidable anyway. When I came out of Office Depot, flat tire. Called AAA, they came and found that problem was not a nail, but a split tire from hitting a pothole. Michelin tire with only 10,000 miles.
—Merle Crow


To rate how badly damaged a road's surface is many cities including Honolulu use a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-designed point system. Roads are scored between 0 and 100, 0 being the worst and 100 being the best. The score is calculated mainly using three criteria: the type(s) of damage, how severe the damage is, and how extensive it is.

Because it's a score, there could be different types of damage seen in different categories. Here's a general idea of what drivers can expect.

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Some roads may have been repaired since the City and County of Honolulu conducted its survey in 2012. An asterisk (*) denotes city road segments that are not listed on the city's repaving schedule. Many of those roads are still in the design phase and will go out to bid for construction within a year, officials say.

Road From To Grade Scheduled for Repaving
Papipi Place Papipi Road End of street Failed 2013
Koalipehu Place Koalipehu Street End of street Failed 2013
Ihupani Place Papipi Road End of street Failed 2013
Koalipehu Street Aikanaka Road Paaloha Street Serious Construction ongoing
Manakuke Street Kihi Street 250 feet from Kihi Street Serious Not available *
Laukona Loop Papipi Road Papipi Road Serious Construction ongoing

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