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

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 7:01 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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Click to enlarge the chart.


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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