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District 2: 27% of roads are in 'poor' or worse condition

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 7:00 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

A survey done late last fall found that 72.8 percent of District 2's roads were in "fair" condition or better. That's just about on par with the 72.2 percent of city roads islandwide that were in fair shape or better. Five other districts had higher percentages than District 2 with roads in fair shape or better overall.


» Represented by City Council Chairman Ernest Martin (Email)

» Encompasses the largest geographical area of all Oahu's districts, stretching from Mililani Mauka up to the North Shore and over to Kahaluu

Meanwhile, more than 27 percent of the district's roads were in "poor" shape or worse, compared with 27.8 islandwide.

Similarly, five districts had lower percentages of roads in poor shape or worse.

District 2, which encompasses the largest geographical area of all Oahu’s districts (it stretches from Mililani Mauka up to the North Shore and over to Kaha­luu), had less than one-half of a lane-mile in "failed" condition, or the worst of the worst. However, it did have nearly 56 lane-miles in poor shape. That represented 18 percent of the district's lane-miles — the second-largest percentage share of poor roads out of all nine districts.

District 2 also had nearly 21 lane-miles in "very poor" shape and almost seven lane-miles in "serious" condition — a notch above failed.


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

Tax fuel more. The gas tax hasn't been raised in two decades. Then the gas guzzlers that drive the progressively heaviest vehicles pay their fair share.

Millions of tax dollars collected for road maintenance and repair has been used for other purposes. Politicians call it "diversion"; I call it robbery.

I would have to say ice road truckers have better roads to drive on.
—Thomas Spellman

The root of many city problems can be traced back to Harris. He had so many beautification projects that basic infrastructure was neglected. Mufi took over and had to move before the EPA started fining the city millions of $$$. Carlisle never met a camera he didn't like. Now Caldwell has a daunting task of repairing what has been neglected.


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, with 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.
Pawehe Place Kaamooloa Road N/A Failed Not available *
Waipuolo Place Waioni Street End of street Failed 2015-2017
Hakuola Road Kamehameha Highway End of street Failed Not available *
Uapoaihala Place End of Mapele Road Coral Road Failed Not available *
Wilikina Drive 1,400 feet from Kamananui Kaukonahua Road Failed Not available *
Lauone Loop Malulu Place California Avenue Serious Not available *
Mikimiki Place California Avenue End of street Serious Not available *
Milikana Place Olive Avenue End of street Serious Not available *
Piplani Place Kamehameha Highway Dead end Serious Not available *
Waimakua Place Waimakua Drive End of street Serious To start within a year

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