POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 26, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 06:58 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.
» 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!
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.
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.
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.
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|