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

By Marcel Honoré

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.


» 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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Wazdat wrote:
on March 26,2013 | 06:07AM
mainland_refugee wrote:
Having previously worked for a company on the mainland that did (building) materials testing, including asphalt mixes, makes me wonder whether Hawaii needs to have a more specific asphalt design (recipe) to handle our tropical weather. Perhaps a different mix of what goes into our asphalt would allow it to hold up better and last longer. Maybe DOT needs to look into something like this.
on March 26,2013 | 06:23AM
allie wrote:
makes sense
on March 26,2013 | 06:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Did Stevie Wonder do the city road survey?
on March 26,2013 | 06:35AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Another Wonder Blunder?
on March 26,2013 | 07:27AM
Sunny wrote:
Contributing to the lack of funds to maintain roads is the amount of sidewalk repair damage caused by the excessive amount of trees planted next to sidewalks. Every 5 years the sidewalks on Kaahumanu, Komo Mai, and Noelani Streets in Aiea are repaired due to root damage from trees. I'm sure this is paid for with funds from the road maintenance budgets. Trees are great but the City has planted a tree every 20 - 25 feet on these streets which is excessive.
on March 26,2013 | 07:09AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
77%??? Of course the survey was done by the city so it's slightly skewed.
on March 26,2013 | 07:18AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Here's how they did Punahou. Ground up only about 2 inches and currently laying the mix. 2 inches will get you nowhere. Gotta dig deeper, guys. Also, don't know what's happening to Punahou but they started working on the townbound side leading to the Punahou offramp, then switch sides. Meanwhile, the Punahou townbound is still unfinished while the mauka bound lanes are done. Are there qualified supervisors who know what the heck they're doing??
on March 26,2013 | 07:27AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Here's a short list of roadwork that needs to be done. Some are city, some state. 1. Meheula in Mililani is really, really bad. You'd think a fairly new community like Mililani would have good roads but that's not the case. 2. Right lane of freeway from Punahou offramp thru airport. State made weak attempt to fix it but like I said, it's weak. 3. Kam Highway in Pearl City. That whole stretch needs to be redone. I will bookmark when repairs took place and when the next pothole appears. That should tell you how good the repair was.
on March 26,2013 | 07:33AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Here's a short list of roadwork that needs to be done. Some are city, some state. 1. Meheula in Mililani is really, really bad. You'd think a fairly new community like Mililani would have good roads but that's not the case. 2. Right lane of freeway from Punahou offramp thru airport. State made weak attempt to fix it but like I said, it's weak. 3. Kam Highway in Pearl City. That whole stretch needs to be redone. I will bookmark when repairs took place and when the next pothole appears. That should tell you how good the repair was.
on March 26,2013 | 07:33AM
McCully wrote:
What about paving Beretania Street ? It's so bad I try to avoid it.
on March 26,2013 | 07:39AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Waialae Avenue also!
on March 26,2013 | 07:54AM
engineersoldier wrote:
I don't know who took the pictures used to depict various conditions or to use them but the one showing "good" actually shows a terrible asphalt concrete pavement with almost complete oxidation of the binder(asphalt). Whoever it was obviously does not know what a good AC pavement should look like. We are using the wrong type of binder, wrong mix design, very poor compaction or all of the above. This is how we waste our tax payers money--by doing it incorrectly to begin with.
on March 26,2013 | 09:07AM
maximus wrote:
They repaved the street in Waikele, Lumiauau for no reason, it was good. The road going to Costco waipio uka is so bad. why didnt they do that?
on March 26,2013 | 10:25AM
olos73 wrote:
Waipio Uka, Ukee and Ka Uka, the 3 main roads in Waipio Gentry needs repaving. Years ago, the City repaved all the residential streets. Was all in good condition, zero potholes. Residential streets still good, with zero pukas, but the 3 main roads I mentioned earlier needs the work. It's all patch over patch over patch.
on March 26,2013 | 12:43PM
bobbob wrote:
ka uka blvd is horrible.
on March 26,2013 | 12:49PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I know exactly what you mean. Ka Uka is horrible.
on March 26,2013 | 01:06PM
hilopango wrote:
I guess everyone in the Liliha & lower Kalihi areas will suck rocks until everyone else gets their roads fixed first, despite the fact that this area probably has the worse roads in one small area.
on March 26,2013 | 01:15PM
localguy wrote:
One has to wonder who did the survey, did they survey every road in the district, where they given advance guidance on what percent of roads in the report would be rated Fair or Better? Can't be sure the survey was done correct until a full review is done by those not part of DoT. Either way, we look very sorry. Roads in some 3rd and 4th worlds are better than ours. Hmmm, I think I just described the Nei. We should end the shovel slop jobs as a waste of time and resources. Fix them right and they are done for a long times. Shovel slop can be gone in 24 hours with a heavy rain. Again, we need professional assistance as our work force is not up to the task. Japanese road workers are light years ahead of ours, take great pride in their work, do not whine like ours do when told their work must be professional.
on March 26,2013 | 01:37PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Oh just go ahead raise the vehicle fees or taxes by 50% - 75 % and spend the money on whatever the Mayor wants. This way everyone will have to use mass transportation. (Guaranteed to increase bus and rail ridership.) Repaving the roads won't help anyway, especially after they find out that they have to dig it up to repair deteriorating water main or sewage pipes which they had already raised the water & sewage rates to take care of the aged water & sewer pipes.
on March 26,2013 | 04:19PM
polekasta wrote:
An article in Sundays paper said that the ultraviolet rays tend to age the asphalt ingredient, which serves as the road's glue, yet, in District 1, which gets more sun then rain, 77% of their roads are at least "fair" or better. What does that say about Ricardo Archilla statement that UV rays age the asphalt?
on March 26,2013 | 04:43PM
Too_Much_Pilikia wrote:
It will take more than 10 years to catch up on road repairs at best, then its back to repairing those very roads that da mayor is trying to address. In Kapolei the big rigs should be banned from the main boulevard. See where the road is sinking under the weight of those big rigs? Too much going on with our roads...weather(?), substandard road base repair, substandard asphalt mixes (porous), crappy shoulder drainage, poor feathering (overlap) of asphalt. Time to get outside experts to solve this crumbling road mess.....and it ain't going to be our city engineers to solve it either! Hey Mr. Mayor, start spending our hard earned tax money more wisely please!
on March 26,2013 | 06:45PM
bukaroos wrote:
I joke with my wife about the conditions of Meheula Parkway in Mililani. Last year they repaved Meheula Parkway servicing Mililani Mauka and that roadway was not in bad condition. But Meheula Parkway from just below the H2 freeway to Kamehameha Highway is a war zone. Unbelievable, I joke that the dividing line is the City County District, Mauka is Ernie Martin and the war zone is someone else. Maybe not a joke, maybe that is part of the problem. Guess that is one way to slow traffic in a school zone.
on March 26,2013 | 07:01PM
mrluke wrote:
77%? Just WHAT were these clowns smoking?
on March 26,2013 | 08:41PM
64hoo wrote:
after this heavy rain season the improvement will drop to 60% of good roads because more potholes will pop up.
on March 26,2013 | 09:55PM
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