POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 2, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 7:04 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014
District 8 residents live in a region with the highest share of satisfactory roads and the lowest share of substandard roads on the island.
» Includes Pearl City, Pearl City Peninsula, Waimalu, Crestview, Waipio Gentry and parts of Waipahu
» Represented by Councilman Breene Harimoto (Email)
More than 81 percent of District 8's city roads were rated "fair" or better, while just 18.6 percent were "poor" or worse, based on a city survey completed late last year.
Virtually no city road segments in District 8 failed — only 0.11 out of 440 total lane-miles received that grade.
That also easily gave District 8 the lowest percentage of failed roads, at just .03 percent.
But the district still had some bad city roads. More than 34 lane-miles were found to be "poor," more than 30 were "very poor" and more than 16 were "serious" — a grade above failing.
Star-Advertiser readers sound off on island roads via Facebook, online story comments and emailed feedback:
"Waste of money, that bean counter study. Every normal driver knew that our roads are a catastrophe, a scandal and a monument to incompetent and irresponsible people in charge, and a public that for too long did not riot over it."
"Here's a short list of roadwork that needs to be done. Some are city, some state. 1. Meheula in Mililani is really, really bad. You'd think a fairly new community like Mililani would have good roads but that's not the case. 2. Right lane of freeway from Punahou off-ramp through airport. State made weak attempt to fix it but like I said, it's weak. 3. Kam Highway in Pearl City. That whole stretch needs to be redone. I will bookmark when repairs took place and when the next pothole appears. That should tell you how good the repair was."
"The potholes are so bad on the North Shore we don't call them pot holes we call them ‘swimming pool,' and why is it the NS always gets left out when it comes to fixing them?"
THE PAVEMENT CONDITION INDEX
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, with 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.
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|
|Hugh Street||Road A||End||Failed||Not available *|
|Kuala Street||Kamehameha Highway||Waimano Home Road||Serious||2014|
|Kaahele Street||Leialii Street||Mauka end||Serious||Construction ongoing|
|Acacia Road||Kamehameha Highway||Military guard shack||Serious||2014|
|Kaahele Street||Moanalua Road||Keikaialii Street||Serious||2014|
|Papolo Place||Anounou Street||Dead end||Serious||Not available *|