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District 3: Less than 1 lane mile of road 'failed'

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 07:01 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

A survey done late last fall found that 73.1 percent of District 3's city-owned roads were in "fair" condition or better, which is slightly better than the 72.2 percent of city roads islandwide found to be in fair shape or better. Four other districts had higher percentages than District 3 with roads in fair shape or better overall.


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» Stretches from Ahuimanu to Waimanalo along Oahu's Windward coast

Meanwhile, nearly 27 percent of District 3's roads were in "poor" shape or worse — also slightly better than the 27.8 of roads islandwide found to be poor or worse. Four districts had lower percentages than District 3 of roads in poor shape or worse.

District 3 hardly had any roads considered "failed," or the worst of the worst. Only seven-hundredths of a mile were classified as failed.

Nonetheless, the Windward district had plenty of streets considered poor, at 63 lane miles. It also contained nearly 50 lane miles of "very poor" roads and more than 21 miles of roads in "serious" condition.


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

Have you seen the potholes on the H-1 westbound after the Sears Distribution center? So deep the REBAR is visible!
—Catharine Kent

Please hurry up and fix Waialae Avenue, it's pretty bad. Although you should focus on Kalihi area and downtown area around Ward, it's even worse there.
Connor Asato

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 taxpayers' money -- by doing it incorrectly to begin with.

They repaved the street in Waikele, Lumiauau for no reason, it was good. The road going to Costco Waipio is so bad. Why didn't they do that?


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
Kaihone Way Kaiolino Way End of street Failed To start within a year
Kuaaina Way Oneawa Street Hinano Way Serious To start within a year
Humupaa Street Humuniki Street Humuniki Street Serious To start within a year
Kaikaina Street Makawao Street Makua Street Serious To start within a year
Lupo Street Namoku Street Lehuuila Street Serious Not available *
Mowai Street Manulani Street Hele Street Serious Construction ongoing
Kealahou Place Keaniani Street End of street Serious To start within a year
Akake Place Keolu Drive End of street Serious 2014
Kaiolino Way Kailuana Place End of street Serious Not available *
Maluniu Avenue Uilama Dead End Kainui Drive Serious Not available *

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manakuke wrote:
Ouch! What bump?
on March 28,2013 | 04:43AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Obviously, the City is a little easier on grading roads. Some of the roads in Waimanalo and Kailua are horrible. They are not as bad as roads in other areas but there is definitely more than 1 mile of failed roads.
on March 28,2013 | 06:11AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Failed roads, according to the city, is when your car doesn't come back out of the pot holes.
on March 28,2013 | 07:06AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
What's the city's definition of "failed"? I highly doubt less than 1 mile is "failed". The city and state has "failed" us by lack of upkeep of our infrastructure. My definition of "failed" is didn't do anything until roads looked like it was carpet bombed.
on March 28,2013 | 08:13AM
onevoice82 wrote:
Where is Kailua road from Times shopping Center to the 90 degree turn on to Wanaao St. on this list???? It is in horrible shape, yet Kaikaina St. which is only 1 block long is listed!!!!!! Why is Mokapu Blvd being completely replaced?
on March 28,2013 | 07:31AM
inlanikai wrote:
Amen. It is absolutely terrible.
on March 30,2013 | 02:29PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
City officials, tell you what. Why don't you list streets that are in good condition. It'll be a lot shorter than listing those that need repair.
on March 28,2013 | 08:14AM
Skyler wrote:
That sure would save a lot of time on reading... it'd only be 25 streets long.
on March 28,2013 | 11:08AM
engineersoldier wrote:
K-bay Drive from Mokapu Blvd to MCBH exit is more than a mile long and is in terrible condition, mseveral locations showing foundation failure.
on March 28,2013 | 08:41AM
Skyler wrote:
City Council members: You need to get out of your comfort zones, drive your district & open your eyes,

If you frequent Kailua, there is a CRATER in the middle of Kailua Rd. nr. Longs - not just a pothole. Doesn't appear that anyone has attempted to fill it. Also a hefty hole @ the corner of Hamakua & Hekili St., turning right if you're coming from Foodland.

I have nightmares about driving to town via the Pali. Right lane drivers swerve left to avoid the craters; left lane drivers swerve right to avoid the craters. One day I fear they will meet in the middle...
on March 28,2013 | 11:06AM
gth wrote:
Apparently, our state and city officials don't drive themselves and their families, they have have chauffeurs.
on March 28,2013 | 11:15AM
localguy wrote:
Union drivers always take the best roads, brag how good they are. Let our bureaucrats actually get into their own car and go out to see how bad the roads are. Yes, we are a little 4th world.
on March 28,2013 | 08:29PM
Skyler wrote:
One more thing: About Mokapu being repaved....Why no ADA access to the Bus stops on that road? To go through all that & not provide access is criminal. I watched a man in a wheelchair frantically try to wave down a bus from someone's driveway because he couldn't get to the stop (curb, no sidewalk - and NO access.)
on March 28,2013 | 11:13AM
localguy wrote:
Blame union rules again for this problem. Work is backlogged for years, they do one ADA ramp per day, exactly by the contract. Should be done in 2015.
on March 28,2013 | 08:30PM
1coconut wrote:
If only .6 of a mile on the windward side is failed it has to be Lilipuna Rd. in Kaneohe. That road is in terrible shape east of yacht club road. I guess the city's road classification is like the old saying, Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
on March 28,2013 | 11:15AM
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