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District 5: Repairs set for area's many failed lane-miles

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 07:02 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

Residents of Council District 5 live in the area with the highest concentration of failed city roads — the worst of the worst — among Oahu's nine council districts.


» Represented by Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi (Email)

» Includes Kaimuki, Palolo Valley, St. Louis Heights, Manoa, Moiliili, McCully and parts of Ala Moana, Kakaako and Makiki

Nearly 40 lane-miles — comprising 12.1 percent of District 5's total city lane-miles — were found to be failed under a road survey completed late last year. That 12.1 percent was by far the highest percentage of failed roads — the next closest were District 6, in which 5.4 percent of its share of city roads were failed, and District 4, in which 5 percent of its roads were failed.

Just more than 67 percent of District 5's lane-miles were considered fair or better, putting the district near the bottom of the pack. Only Districts 4 and 9 had a smaller share of roads that were graded fair or better.

Islandwide, 72.2 percent of island roads were fair or better, while 27.8 were found to be poor or worse, based on last year's survey. Perhaps a silver lining for District 5 residents is that construction is under way on many of the region's failed roads, according to the city's road-repaving schedule.


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

"You CANNOT BE SERIOUS! Your series covers Kailua today (March 28) and the map shows Kailua Road where it turns into Wanaao Road as the best quality Good. Go ride a bike over this area.
The intersection where Kailua Road turns toward the ocean and the straight ahead section becomes Wanaao Road is the absolute worst intersection on Oahu. Kailua Road/Wanaao Roads approaching this intersection are in miserable condition as well.
This kind of grievous error clearly explains why the governments are so wasteful of our monies."
Jim Pollock

"Pali Hwy sucks. Try drive it with someone with chronic back pain. Between trying to avoid potholes and just the general patching it sucks! What ever happened to election year repairs?? That's how it was when I was younger! Oops dating myself! Lol!"
Cheryl Medeiros

"Included in the assessment should be that if your back is not sore after riding over these roads it is considered a GOOD road."

"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."


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
Fifth Avenue Waialae Avenue Harding Avenue Failed Construction ongoing
Seventh Avenue Waialae Avenue Harding Avenue Failed Construction ongoing
Algaroba Street 2128 Algaroba St. Makahiki Way Failed Construction ongoing
Coyne Street 2121 Coyne St. Isenberg Street Failed Construction ongoing
Date Street Kapahulu Avenue Kapiolani Boulevard Failed 2015-2107
Griffiths Street Beretania Avenue Coyne Street Failed Construction ongoing
Kaheka Street Kapiolani Boulevard King Street Failed Construction ongoing
Lime Street McCully Street Isenberg Street Failed Construction ongoing
Makaloa Street Kalakaua Avenue Keeaumoku Street Failed Construction ongoing
Poha Lane Beretania Street Young Street Failed Construction ongoing
Waialae Avenue Old Waialae Road 13th Avenue Failed Construction ongoing
Young Street McCully Street Isenberg Street Failed Construction ongoing

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hikine wrote:
This is what happens when previous city administrations squandered the road fund to fund other projects. Now the public has to pay even more to fix these roads that were supposed to be fixed in the first place!
on March 30,2013 | 03:46AM
nitrobreath wrote:
That's right, Jeremy Harris spent huge sums of money to put plants within the median strip in the diamond head side of Kuhio Avenue, and racked up huge amounts of city debt to pay for it and left office only to strap the next mayor with incredible debt payments for things that did not improve our necessary infrastructure. On another note, all the roads on Oahu should be categorized as "failed" maybe then they will fix 90% of what's wrong on the roadways out there.
on March 30,2013 | 08:08AM
wiliki wrote:
Only about 10% is considered failed. 90% is not failed. And the failed roads are being addressed.
on March 30,2013 | 02:56PM
OldDiver wrote:
With the worse roads on Oahu one has to question why Kobayashi is against raising the fuel to fix those roads a soon as possible.
on March 30,2013 | 03:08PM
Imagen wrote:
EXACTLY!!!!! But, Honolulu will have a shiny new trolley car ride from Ewa to.....
on April 1,2013 | 10:55AM
Allenk wrote:
I have noticed that barriers a long the side of the roads were recently taken down. It looks like the crews were fixing the shoulder of the lanes (outside) - between Palolo Avenue and St. Louis Drive In. However, the area fronting Saint Louis School is still in disrepair.
on March 30,2013 | 07:00AM
false wrote:
Zip Code wins again! Could you guess?
on March 30,2013 | 09:39AM
bikemom wrote:
It seems the SA is working off of old data. Young Street is listed as failed between Isenberg and McCully, but that was resurfaced a few months ago. Yesterday Halemaumau was shown as poor or very poor, and it, too, was resurfaced about a year ago.
on March 30,2013 | 11:16AM
Leinanij wrote:
Good to know that Kahala and Manoa have the best roads on the island. Wonder why? Guess it helps to have someone on the council live in your area.
on March 30,2013 | 11:39AM
sailfish1 wrote:
The City and State need to get engineers and workers that know how to fix roads properly. They continue to fix roads that then fail again after the first rain. They are wasting taxpayers money to line their pockets forever with high salaries and plenty of overtime.
on March 30,2013 | 12:44PM
MightyMakiki wrote:
Makiki neighborhood. Shows black on Kinau Street from Pensecola to Kea`aumoku St, Since Safeway opened last November, 2011 the street has been paved by Grace. Looks fine. State Roads like Pali Hwy, South King and South Beretania are the real problems in this district.
on March 30,2013 | 01:41PM
wiliki wrote:
Looks like Caldwell is doing his job. All the failing roads are being addressed or scheduled for repaving.
on March 30,2013 | 02:53PM
tonosama wrote:
NOAH St.., Saint Louis Drive/Kalaepohaku Ridge. 4th World street in disrepair/never resurfaced between 1950 (new subdivision developed by Lewers & Cooke from Alencastre borderline to Peter St. ) Surface not identifiable; only chain of pot holes to drive over. Called for resurfacing in mid-1970s; came and coated street w/asphalt tar. 63 years of neglect. Hello, Kobayashi-san. Dozo.
on March 31,2013 | 11:57PM
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