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District 9: Share of bad roads is isle's highest

By Marcel Honoré / mhonore@staradvertiser.com

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


District 9 boasts has nearly 390 lane-miles of city-owned road — and it earns the dubious distinction of having the lowest share of roads in satisfactory condition and the highest share in substandard condition.

DISTRICT 9

» Includes Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia, Mililani Town, West Loch, Iroquois Point and parts of Ewa Villages and Ewa Beach

» Represented by Councilman Ron Menor

A little more than 62 percent of the district's city roads were found to be in fair condition or better, according to a survey done last year. Nearly 38 percent were scored as "poor" or worse — representing nearly 148 lane-miles of road.

That compares with 72.2 percent of roads islandwide that were fair or better, while 27.8 percent were found to be substandard.

The news on road conditions isn't all bad for District 9 residents, however. Less than one city lane-mile there was graded to be failed, or among the worst of the worst on the island. Many of the district's worst city roads are either slated for construction within a year or already started.

But nearly 90 lane-miles of city road were rated in poor condition, 42 were very poor and more than 15 were "serious" — a step above failed.

YOUR COMMENTS

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

"There has not been one day since I came to the island that I haven't seen a vehicle on the side of the road with a flat tire. I mean that literally. Every time I venture out with my family I find myself looking over to my wife saying, "There's another one." It's not just the run-down vehicles, either. Most are vehicles that are in distress are fairly new. One could do a little research on how German roads are built. Permanently revamp Hawaii's roadways one area at a time instead of revisiting the same roads season after season."

Jim Dormuth

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"I have one word: ‘terrible.' Shame on our government leaders for allowing our roadways to deteriorate."

Andrew Chang

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"I need that bumper sticker: "I'm not drunk, I'm just avoiding potholes!!"

Alisha Rego

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.


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THE WORST ROADS IN DISTRICT 9

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
Apoke Place North Road End of street Failed Construction ongoing
Apoke Place North Road End of street Failed Construction ongoing
Puanane Place Puanane Loop End of street Failed Construction to start within a year
Apai Place North Road End of street Failed Construction ongoing
Lawalu Place Laupapa Street End of street Failed Construction ongoing
Mahau Place Puanane Loop End of street Failed Construction to start within a year
Keakaula Place Laupapa Street End of street Serious Construction ongoing
Makohilani Street Lanikuhana Avenue End of street Serious Construction to start within a year
Nahokupa Street Makohilani Street End of street Serious Construction to start within a year
Keena Place Laupapa Street End of street Serious Construction ongoing
Maukuku Place Nahokupa Street End of street Serious Construction to start within a year
Aama Place North Road End of street Serious Construction ongoing
Paikauhale Street Makaunulau Street Kilohoku Street Serious Construction to start within a year






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1coconut wrote:
Whoever decided which roads in district 9 are the worse must live in Hawaii Kai. They sure don't have to drive Meheula Parkway in either direction from H-2 to Kam Highway. That is the worst stretch of road in Mililani and one of the worst in the City and County of Honolulu and its not on any list. More smoke and mirrors from a bunch of snake oil salesmen.
on April 3,2013 | 05:58AM
Wazdat wrote:
Hawaii Kai has some of the worst roads out there. Its the whole dang island, what a JOKE
on April 3,2013 | 07:57AM
MakaniKai wrote:
1coconut I agree the entire stretch of Meheula Parkway between the H-2 and Kamehameha Hwy is AWFUL! Serious to failed IMO. Turning into the Post Office driveway feels like I am driving off road. OBTW the state needs to get off their “you know what” and repair / upgrade Kamehameha Hwy between Lanikuhana and Ka Uka. At the end of the 2011 session Sen Kidani stated “$14 million was appropriated to at a minimum resurface from Waikalani to Ka Uka”. 2013 and Kamehameha Hwy is worse. Yet Mokapu from Ilipilo/Oneawa to Kaneohe Bay/ N. Kalaheo is completely torn up and resurfaced and was in good shape to begin with, I know as I drive the above roads throughout the week. And I know the state is responsible for some roads and not the C/C, so don’t go all tantaran. Aloha.
on April 3,2013 | 08:00AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Ho! now my comment posts....changed "ēlemu" to "you know what" dats it - go figah. Aloha
on April 3,2013 | 08:04AM
wiliki wrote:
I've driven in Mililani and don't see a problem. As the statistics show... the number of failing roads is tiny and the failing roads are all being addressed.
on April 3,2013 | 05:45PM
MakaniKai wrote:
My comment with ZERO offensive words or language has been sent for approval twice!
on April 3,2013 | 07:36AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Poor District 9. The past two weeks the different districts got their place in the big, blinking "Top Stories" at the top of the page, but but not only does District 9 have the worst roads, even the news story about it gets tucked away, out of view.
on April 3,2013 | 07:55AM
MakaniKai wrote:
1coconut I agree the entire stretch of Meheula Parkway between the H-2 and Kamehameha Hwy is AWFUL! Serious to failed IMO. Turning into the Post Office driveway feels like I am driving off road. OBTW the state needs to get off their “you know what” and repair / upgrade Kamehameha Hwy between Lanikuhana and Ka Uka. At the end of the 2011 session Sen Kidani stated “$14 million was appropriated to at a minimum resurface from Waikalani to Ka Uka”. 2013 and Kamehameha Hwy is worse. Yet Mokapu from Ilipilo/Oneawa to Kaneohe Bay/ N. Kalaheo is completely torn up and resurfaced and was in good shape to begin with, I know as I drive the above roads throughout the week. And I know the state is responsible for some roads and not the C/C, so don’t go all tantaran. Aloha.
on April 3,2013 | 08:00AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
How come Meheula Parkway from Kam Highway to Mililani Mauka is not on this list? Try driving thru it without losing your filling.
on April 3,2013 | 01:08PM
olos73 wrote:
One of the evening news stations said that Meheula Parkway was scheduled for repairs in 2014, but it was moved up to maybe July of this year. They showed the stretch coming from H2 South offramp to the first traffic light, Kuahelani (?).
on April 3,2013 | 07:34PM
Kaimaka wrote:
Sadly, the roads have ALL gotten to the point of being poor to failed at the same time. So the problem for Caldwell is how to prioritize repairs on a road network that is horrendously, embarrassingly failed across the entire island of Oahu. This state of affairs came on pretty quickly, as it seems that the roads, even 5 years ago, were not pervasively corrugated, as if driving on a rutted dirt track, or worse, everywhere. So now, the repairs are going to be in a long-term state of catch-up, with stressed budgets always unable to keep pace with the necessary repairs. Driving in almost every other place in the U.S. I have not encountered such pathetically poor roads as here. It used to be that I-95 between Boston and Washington DC was the worst major road I had driven on, but now H-1 and pretty much every feeder road on Oahu is like driving through a tank obstacle course. On a recent trip to China, the roads were impressive. On a recent trip to Oman, the roads were perfect. Even the cobblestone streets of France and Italy are smooth by comparison to our axle breakers, because they are at least even and don't throw 2 foot deep, 6 feet wide pot holes at you unexpectedly. Our roads are disgusting, embarrassing, horrendous, ridiculous, pathetic...you can add your own adjectives from here. Mayor Caldwell would have a full plate just fixing the roads, let alone all the other infrastructure problems he has to deal with.
on April 3,2013 | 09:27PM
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