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District 6: 'Fair' streets offset languishing 'failed' areas

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 7:02 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

Residents of District 6 face one of the higher concentrations of failed city roads — the worst of the worst — based on a survey completed late last year. More than 21 lane-miles of road, representing nearly 5.5 percent of the district's total city lane-miles, were found to be "failed."


» Represented by City Councilwoman Carol Fukunaga (Email)

» Includes parts of Makiki, downtown, Punchbowl, Pauoa Valley and Nuuanu, and stretches west to include parts of Liliha and Kalihi

The district also has the largest number of failed roads that so far don't show up on the city's repaving schedule. A Star-Advertiser analysis found 30 failed road segments for the district not appearing on the list.

City officials in charge of repaving say many of these roads are in the design phase and will eventually go out to bid for construction. District 7 had the next closest number of failed roads not on the list, at 14.

Despite the high quantity of failed roads, more than 75 percent of District 6's total lane-miles were found to be "fair" or better. Three other districts had higher percentages of roads deemed at least fair. Those same three, Districts 1, 7 and 8, also had lower percentages of substandard roads deemed "poor" or worse.

Islandwide, 72.2 percent of island roads were fair or better, while 27.8 percent were found to be poor or worse, based on last year's survey.


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

"You missed Meheula Parkway ... from H-2 to Lanikuhana Ave."

"The city is going to have a contest between Meheula Parkway and Wilikina Drive on who has the deepest pot holes. If your tires don't fall off after driving over the road, the road is considered GOOD."

"I'm pretty sure my OFFROADING truck is out of alignment now thanks to the roads here."
Mariam Jeanne Consuela

"Two words! Kalanianiole highway!!!!!"
Peter Joseph Crawford III


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.

Click to enlarge the chart.

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
Ahui Street Halekauwila Street Pohukaina Street Failed Not available *
Alapai Street Spencer Street Mauka end Failed Not available *
Green Street Alapai Street Emerson Street Failed Not available *
Heulu Street Kewalo Street Makiki Street Failed Paved
Kalaepaa Drive Kalihi Street (loop) Failed Construction ongoing
Kamani Street Auahi Street Halekauwila Street Failed Not available *
Kealakai Street Lolena Street Simon Road Failed Not available *
Lehua Street Kalihi Street Nihi Street Failed Construction ongoing
Merkle Street Kamanaiki Street Koko Head end Failed Construction ongoing
Maui Street Liliha Street End Failed Not available *
Pala Street Ihe Street Kunawai Park Failed Not available *  
Lanai Street Liliha Street Wyllie Street Failed Not available *
Richards Street Halekauwila Street King Street Failed Not available *

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