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District 7: Area's streets are above average

By Marcel Honoré

LAST UPDATED: 7:04 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

District 7's city roads were found to be in pretty decent shape compared with most other districts on the island. Residents there enjoy one of Oahu's higher shares of city roads in "fair" shape or better, at 78.1 percent, and lower percentage of roads in "poor" shape or worse, at 21.9 percent, based on a survey completed late last year.


» Represented by City Councilman Joey Manahan (Email)

» Includes Kalihi, lwilei, Kalihi Kai, Mapunapuna, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Hickam, Foster Village, Ford Island and Sand Island

The district's city roads outperformed conditions islandwide: Some 72.2 percent of all Oahu city roads were found to be fair or better, while 27.8 percent were found to be poor or worse. Only District 8 was found to have a better ratio of good to substandard roads: 81 percent were at least fair, while 18.6 percent were poor or worse.

Smaller neighborhood and industrial blocks —many of them just several hundred feet long — mostly make up District 7's "failed" roads, or the worst of the worst. Failed roads make up a relatively low share of District 7 roads: The survey found 2.7 lane-miles of failed roads there, or about 1.1 percent.

And many of those small failed roads still have not been added to the city's five-year repaving plan.


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

"From what I may recall, this is the first time that taxpayers are provided with so much data as to the conditions of the roadways on Oahu. This is an indication that the past city administrations (elected and appointed) have done a lousy job in keeping our roadways in good rating condition because of funneling taxpayers money on other projects that they were concerned about and in the meantime neglected the conditions of the roadways.

"This is how the roadways became like 3rd world countries. Former incompetent leaders created all this pilikia and now, Mayor Caldwell and his administration must catch up all that was neglected for decades.

"Go mayor and this administration is finally taking care of business that really affects the taxpayers whether it be the bus routes or maintenance of the roadways. Mahalo for taking care of business that other administrations (all talk and no results) neglected for decades."

"Except it's not very good data. I live in district 2 and am familiar with some of those spots mentioned but I can tell you that there are many spots that are much worse than what is mentioned in the ... report. And it remains to be seen if Caldwell will fix the roads. The easy part (talking) is over, now it's time to deliver."

"South Beretania, between Eisenberg and McCully. University Avenue to the State Capitol. Quit talking about it. Fix it..."
—Leonard Withington

"Kamehameha Highway... 'nuff said..."
—Andrew Takai


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
Aipaako Street Kuakini Street Nalanui Street Failed Not available *
Ashford Street Kalihi Street Mokauea Street Failed Not available *
Horner Street Omilo Lane End of street Failed Not available *
Kaili Street King Street Beckley Street Failed Not available *
Kawaiiki Place Sing Loy Lane Dead end Failed Not available *
Laa Lane 1025 Laa Lane Auld Lane Failed Not available *
Loi Kalo Place School Street Dead end Failed Not available *
Lowell Place Kokea Street End of street Failed Not available *
Mohonua Place Pahounui Drive End of street Failed Not available *
Ohohia Street Ualena Street Nimitz Highway Failed Not available *
Old Palama Street North School Street Iao Lane Failed Not available *

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