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Street analysis uncovers worst of the worst

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:09 p.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

Makiki resident Sally Davis has lived in Hono­lulu for 27 years, so, like many motorists here, she's learned the traditional Oahu art of dodging potholes.

But even the most skilled drivers can only do so much to dodge disaster.

On Feb. 22, Davis said, she was driving her Jeep Cherokee Sport mauka on Kalakaua Avenue between Kapiolani Boulevard and King Street. Just as she crossed a particularly large and notorious pothole, the jeep jolted sharply and Davis heard a loud bang. Moments later a red light in the dash warned her the jeep was overheating. The next day, after towing her car to a local mechanic, Davis said she learned the engine was knocked out of place when the engine-mount hit the pothole. The damage, she said, would cost more than $700 to fix.

She filed a claim with the city. She told friends what happened — and they immediately knew the pothole-culprit. "The one right by the key shop?" one asked. Not long after the incident, she said, the city patched it.

For years, crumbling and neglected roads across Oahu have tormented drivers such as Davis and pummeled their vehicles. They've rattled nerves, blown out tires and cost each motorist hundreds of dollars on average in annual repairs.

Now, as city and state officials announce sweeping new plans to catch up on the backlog of pothole-strewn streets that need fixing, new data pinpoint where the island's worst roads are. And it comes after independent studies have found what many local drivers suspected for years: The roads here are in awful shape when compared with the rest of the United States.


» Click Here | An updated listing of Hawaii's road conditions that are in failed and serious condition. (Courtesy Office of the Mayor.)


» Star-Advertiser: New city data detail the condition of Oahu’s roads and find that nearly 28 percent range from “poor” to “failed.” Also, what materials go into making our roads.

» Hawaii News Now: Tonight, an in-depth look at two City Council districts that need the most work.


» Star-Advertiser: For years, city and state governments put off needed maintenance and repair work on roadways and diverted funds to other priorities. Also, critics wonder if the city can pull off its plan to spend big money on road repairs.

» Hawaii News Now: Will a more expensive asphalt product keep our road repair in place longer than the next heavy rain?


For nine days the Star-Advertiser will print full-page maps of each City Council district highlighting road conditions in each area.

"Streets may not always be a high priority — or they may not have been a high priority in the past. And because of that, we're now having to do more reactive work to try to keep them safe and passable," said Ross Sasa­mura, the new director of the city's Department of Facility Maintenance, which coordinates roadwork across Oahu. "We need to make some substantive change to get our roads to the level that they need to be."

By 2008 the road-repair neglect left Hono­lulu with a dubious distinction: About 62 percent of its major streets had fallen into poor condition, and that was the third-highest share among U.S. cities with a population of at least 500,000.

Only San Jose, Calif., and Los Angeles ranked worse than Hono­lulu, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit research firm TRIP found using data collected by the Federal Highway Administration. Hono­lulu's roads were in worse shape than cities such as San Francisco, New York and New Orleans.

The torn-up pavement also cost each Hono­lulu motorist on average $701 each year in repairs, new tires and added fuel, TRIP found.

The latest TRIP analysis, based on 2011 data, shows some improvement. But the bumpy roads still wear on drivers and their cars. TRIP reduced the number of major Hono­lulu roads in poor condition to 43 percent. The average cost to drivers was cut to $598 a year.

In recent years, upkeep of major thoroughfares statewide has also fallen behind in national studies. Hawaii in 2008 had the largest percentage of state-owned roads in disrepair in the nation, the D.C.-based advocacy group Smart Growth America found.

Meanwhile, even after Mayor Kirk Caldwell last month announced his five-year plan to repave the island's worst roads, city officials in charge of roadwork are still trying to determine the full scope of the work that needs to be done. In the process they've given the public a new view of citywide road conditions.

From August to October the city hired civil engineering firm Sam O. Hirota Inc. to complete the first survey of Hono­lulu's roads using new imaging technology akin to "Street View" on Google Maps. It was developed by a California-based firm, Earthmine.

Vehicles mounted with special cameras zipped across the city capturing unprecedented images of the roads. The method replaced the work crews that had previously surveyed the streets. For the first time, Hono­lulu could rate all of its streets using a special index developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to measure pavement damage.

Finally, a detailed picture of the condition of Hono­lulu's neighborhood roads emerged.

Under the Army Corps' "Pavement Condition Index," 56.6 percent of the 3,500 lane-miles of road maintained by the city were found to be in "good" or "satisfactory" shape, while 27.8 percent were "poor," "very poor," "serious" or, worst of all, "failed." (An additional 15.6 percent were in "fair" shape.)

Sasamura presented those findings to the City Council's Committee on Public Works and Sustainability last month. It was a snapshot in time, as some of those roads have been fixed since then.

But as community complaints over road conditions have grown louder in recent months, Council members wanted more information. They requested a list of Hono­lulu's worst roads and a more detailed breakdown of conditions by the island's nine council districts.

Drivers across Oahu can share horror stories of potholes, cracks and car damage. However, Hono­lulu's worst-of-the-worst roads — the ones with a failing grade instead of just a poor one — are mostly concentrated in City Council Districts 4, 5 and 6, covering a region that stretches from Hawaii Kai to Aiea. There were 222 failed city road segments across Oahu in all.

Caldwell's plan to repave about 1,500 miles of bad road on Oahu calls for many of the failed roads in those three districts to be fixed first — but not all, a Star-Advertiser analysis of city documents shows. Other findings include:

» There are 68 failed city road segments that so far aren't listed on the mayor's repaving schedule. Many of those roads are still in the design phase and will go out to bid for construction within a year, Sasa­mura said. Others are still waiting on funding. But the city anticipates it will be able to fix all of those roads under Caldwell's five-year plan as long as it's fully funded, Sasa­mura added.

» In 2013 about 89 failed road segments are scheduled so far to be repaved in Council Districts 5 and 6, which run from Kaimuki to parts of Kalihi.

» Only eight of District 4's failed road segments are scheduled so far for repaving in 2013. Another 41 failed road segments in that district, which runs from Hawaii Kai to Ala Moana Beach Park, won't be repaved until 2015-2017, under the plan.

» Some of the communities coping with the most lousy (failed) roads include Kaimuki, St. Louis Heights, Moiliili, McCully, Makiki, Liliha and Kalihi.

» The other six districts had significantly fewer city roads with a failing grade. Nonetheless, they had plenty of roads in "poor," "very poor" and "serious" shape.

Caldwell has been quick to point out the paving schedule is based on what he calls "rough justice," where some of the worst roads might have to wait for streets that aren't as badly damaged but more heavily traveled.

In 2012, Honolulu established a policy for road standards, which is another thing the city never had before. It demands that no city roads deteriorate below what's considered "fair" on the PCI index.

"Road repaving is not real sexy. People want to talk about new things, new buildings and new parks — redesigning Waikiki," Caldwell said last month, announcing his five-year repaving goals. "But it's the everyday things … that a city is about. It's about sewage, it's about water, garbage pickup, and it's about road repaving. People feel the difference when you address the need."


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what wrote:
Hawaii taxpayers already pay among the highest gas taxes in the nation, more than enough to repave all our roads, if only our government would not raid this money for other purposes. It is irresponsible for Kirk Caldwell to raise taxes when the money we already paying is not being used as intended. More and more of this money is being redirected toward subsidising Handi-Van, TheBus, and rail expenses. A bus ride costs the taxpayers about $10, but riders only have to pay $2.50. The fair thing to do would be to make transit riders pay a fair share of their costs, perhaps 50% of their costs.
on March 24,2013 | 01:48AM
kiragirl wrote:
I agree but city transportation officials would claim that by doing do, bus ridership will significantly decline. That would not be could for the rail project. I think that the majority of bus riders are those who do not have a car. Hence, bus ridership will not decline if fares were raised.
on March 24,2013 | 03:13AM
Pocho wrote:
I'd want a transparetn City Government , show the public where the gasoline tax money was used fer. Let's put Marion Higa to work to see where that tax money is going too!
on March 24,2013 | 07:31AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
What and Pocho have excellent points. Where are the current gas taxes being spent and how? We sure could use Marion Higa to conduct an audit, publish, and let the voters see whether their elected representatives are using their tax dollars prudently. If not, there are elections coming up.
on March 24,2013 | 07:47AM
allie wrote:
agree...the real tax in Hawaii is the price you all pay for official waste, fraud and incompetence. That is a very high tax indeed.
on March 24,2013 | 07:50AM
OldDiver wrote:
As I recall the StarAdvertiser is against funding of road repair from an increase in fuel taxes. The SA forgot to come up with it's solution to timely road repair. Complaining with no feasible alternatives is easy.
on March 24,2013 | 09:14AM
OldDiver wrote:
With the city budget at bare bone levels cutting waste is not a feasible solution.
on March 24,2013 | 09:16AM
wondermn1 wrote:
The elections in Hawaii are a way for the Ddemocrats to advance their wills on society. PRP induced elections created this problem. Remember we could have had Ben Cayetano who RAN on NO NEW TAXES, & STOP THE RUSTING RAIL AND FIX THE INFRASTRUCTURE. Wake up Hawaii voters
on March 24,2013 | 10:51AM
XML808 wrote:
And if we had another 100,000 people who thought the same as you AND bothered to vote, things would be different indeed.
on March 24,2013 | 01:34PM
1local wrote:
tax money is being used to sustain the outdated Union way of life - its part of the democrat breeding program
on March 24,2013 | 07:22PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
If you would take the time to actually follow the budget process at the City Council, your questions would be answered. The budget is very transparent and so are the decisions about how money is used--if you put forth the effort to find out. I would start with your councilmember. Send him/her an email asking specific questions (e.g., How has the fuel tax been used since 2010? Where can a find the DTS budget and a list of projects?). Request a meeting to follow up if you need more detail. Be persistent.
on March 24,2013 | 08:12AM
OldDiver wrote:
This is like the rail issue. All of the information is available online or by calling your council person. So much easier to complain an make stuff up than doing homework.
on March 24,2013 | 09:22AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
Friends in the construction business in the mainland said that roads here are doomed to fail because of the lack of good base course (the compacted layers beneath the asphalt) and shoddy technique. So it's not surprising that a lot of the road decay in Hawaii are of the 'alligator cracks' variety illustrated above. I always thought it was poor workmanship to guarantee job security paid for my tax dollars.
on March 24,2013 | 11:04AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Just win baby !!!!!!!
on March 24,2013 | 12:15PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
OldDiver, as i recall u were for the rail. As a matter of principal i was against the rail. I am not here to make any pilikia. I just want to submit to you that there are a segment of the population who just complain about anything and everything. So what is the issue here? Get the roads fixed, nothing more, nothing less.
on March 24,2013 | 12:19PM
Pocho wrote:
This is absolutely CRAZY, they like go high tech putting cameras on cars. Just hire a worker to drive the main streets and highways to find the holes. So much mouthing off, JUST GO DO THE JOB111
on March 24,2013 | 07:29AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
We know the patient is in Intensive Care. Just fix ALL the roads, why go searching for roads that need fixing?
on March 24,2013 | 08:24AM
OldDiver wrote:
Poncho, this is called prioritization. Without a survey road priorities will be left to us bloggers.
on March 24,2013 | 09:24AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Actually, crowd sourcing can be cheap and effective.

However, this year, the City of Honolulu is going to start using airplanes and helicopters to find potholes, after using a million dollar car last year.
on March 24,2013 | 10:17AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
The biggest reason why it costs so much to run TheBus is the bloated salaries and benefits that we give to the bus drivers. No other profession receives such a high salary for no college degree. In fact, you would be amazed at their rate of compensation which rivals nurses and college professors. The problem is that the union has done such a good job of fleecing the tax payers.
on March 24,2013 | 05:43PM
kalanikaau wrote:
Informative article, however what it fails to mention is if the women's repair claim is paid, who will be paying for it? Will it come from the Mayor's pocket? Perhaps the city council will stage a fund raiser? YOU an I, fellow taxpayers will be footing her bill !
on March 24,2013 | 03:44AM
OldDiver wrote:
The money comes from us. This is why an increase in the fuel tax is cheaper than paying for car repairs. This ain't rocket science.
on March 24,2013 | 09:27AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No just OldDiver Science lol.
on March 24,2013 | 12:21PM
MKN wrote:
@OldDiver: The problem with a fuel tax is it's a regressive tax affecting the poor significantly more than the rich. Why not stop spending so much money on the crazy train and start spending money on actual road repairs first?
on March 25,2013 | 12:59AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
One big problem I've noticed since living here for 35 years is the lack of planning on the part of the city with other utilities which have their lines under the roadways. The widening of Kalanianaole highway hadn't been completed even one week before a utility or other company was digging up the highway to reach their utilities. After completing the work, the surface was patched, which led to an uneven surface and later a reoccuring pothole. More coordination is needed between state and local government and utilities under the roadway, prior to resurfacing.
on March 24,2013 | 03:52AM
localguy wrote:
Coordination? Oh puhleeze. Road repair workers didn't even know the utility company existed, so out of touch. You are correct, City road section should take the lead, publish their repaving schedule years in advance, all affected utility companies do their work prior to the repair. Some dynamic cities, unlike the Nei, have a policy of once a road is repaved, no utility work can be done for 5 years, the onus is on the utility companies to check with the road section to find out when the roads will be worked. We should do the same in the Nei, hold people accountable for their willful failure.
on March 24,2013 | 06:36AM
allie wrote:
on March 24,2013 | 07:50AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on March 24,2013 | 12:22PM
hikine wrote:
This is what happens when Democrats runs the city for years diverting roadway funds to fund frivilous failed projects. Now the taxpayers are going to pay again for things that should've been done in the first place!
on March 24,2013 | 04:02AM
bender wrote:
Haven't you heard, city government is non-partisan?
on March 24,2013 | 05:45AM
tiki886 wrote:
Only with a wink and a nod (by the unions).
on March 24,2013 | 06:52AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
So make sure someone get um on camera, so we can go back and double check.
on March 24,2013 | 08:25AM
niimi wrote:
Yup. The only party is the Union having a perpetual party with us paying the tab. :-)
on March 24,2013 | 09:50AM
mayihavesumor wrote:
Potholes can usually be avoided by maneuvering slightly by them while staying within the lane. Approaching a large patch with many holes there is often a path through that avoids most if not all. Seek that line,and take it. Sometimes, it's necessary to change lanes on real bad ones and that can be accomplished on routes that are often driven by planning ahead. To avoid the bad ones that appear suddenly on unfamiliar routes takes good basic driving practices such as, not tailgating, and driving at an appropriate speed, which may be greater or less than the posted speed limit , and a fair amount of concentration and driving skill.
on March 24,2013 | 04:22AM
localguy wrote:
Looks like a post by one of the loser road repair workers who could care less if taxpayers suffer from their incompetence. About right for the Nei.
on March 24,2013 | 06:38AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
that is actually a pretty good description of how i drive to avoid the potholes. what i like to do, though, is maneuvering to get the drivers tailgating me to fall into one of the potholes.
on March 24,2013 | 01:47PM
nitpikker wrote:
buses? what about semis with trailers or dump trucks and heavy equipment? its the increasing trucking companies that really add to our bad roads! big rigs should be paying more to because they cause more damage to our roads!
on March 24,2013 | 05:20AM
onevoice82 wrote:
So....if Caldwell steps up repair of all the roads in sec's 4,5 & 6, Hawaii Kai to Aiea, better plan on leaving for work and for home an hour earlier because now you will be travelling through multiple construction zones in one morning, or feeling the added congestion from diverted traffic into your normal route. Great, another unintended consequence of a lack of foresight from our city managers.
on March 24,2013 | 05:32AM
bender wrote:
Obviously the low volume and high volume paving scenarios aren't working. I'm thinking it's probably related to the underlying base not being propertly prepared. If the base is impropertly laid then no paving plan will last very long, even using a high volume plan on a low vvolume road.
on March 24,2013 | 05:50AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
In other words those that are behind those yellow banners in front of Walgreen's saying how unfair it is for Walgreen's to bring in mainland employees to build their Walgreen's might have relief if the City decided to make a concerted effort to fix the roads. No more half solutions. Grace-Pacific is well suited to do the job. For the extra help Grace-Pacific needs, they could tap employees that that are out of work in the Construction Industry. Perhaps an accelerated funding could come from the dormant rail funds and replenished as the years go on. Of course this solution may be u acceptable to Auto Mechanics lol.
on March 24,2013 | 06:00AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
unacceptable to auto mechanics who dearly loves cracked up cars lmfao.
on March 24,2013 | 06:02AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Typo the n was missing from u and acceptable lol.
on March 24,2013 | 06:02AM
localguy wrote:
HonoluluHawaii - Oh puhleeze, Grace Pacific couldn't fix a tear in a paper bag. Compared to Japanese road workers Grace Pacific is a bunch of rookies without a clue, never learning what integrity and pride in your work means. The reason why the do low quality work so they can keep getting fix it contracts. If we do not make a massive shift in how road work is done nothing will change. Bring over some Japanese road workers to teach ours what to do. Then hold our workers accountable for doing a quality job. Can't do the work, go find some other job.
on March 24,2013 | 06:44AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lol then who or whom do we hire?
on March 24,2013 | 07:44AM
allie wrote:
same could be said with our DOE..bring in real teachers from Asia and Europe. The overpaid, inept crew here needs to go.
on March 24,2013 | 07:52AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The DOE handles all the leftovers remaining after the cream goes to the top, that is to say, Hawaii unbelievably has the highest percentage of students attending Private Schools. Which may be a reason for the big schism between the Haves and the Have Nots, u know Hawaii Kai and the homeless. So i guess people may posture: why fix the roads when at the same time we have the zillions of homeless people lining the sidewalks and the perimeter of Waikiki. Fix da roads.
on March 24,2013 | 08:10AM
dedicatedteacher7 wrote:
There are many fantastic teachers that you are insulting with your ongoing comments about DOE teachers being inept.
on March 24,2013 | 12:35PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
One needs only to look at the record of the DOE to confirm this statement. Unionized public workers have no incentive to work hard so most don't. No matter how bad things get, no one gets fired, nothing changes. They just ask for more money so they can hire consultants to do their job for them. That's the plain truth.
on March 24,2013 | 02:45PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Water only unless u want to add scotch and soda.
on March 24,2013 | 06:11AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Bourbon on the rocks as an alternative. Except my Dad died an alcoholic so being an ACOA, i know the rough side of it, and just like Steve McGarrett, i do not touch the stuff. Ironically with all the story lines in Hawaii Five-O depending on newspaper headlines for shortcuts, the writers showed Newspapers, so besides The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser, the writers twice i remember using the fictional Honolulu Star-Advertiser for an episode in 1971. If u do not believe me, i will tell u the episode.
on March 24,2013 | 07:56AM
Kuniarr wrote:
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on March 24,2013 | 06:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I no drink.
on March 24,2013 | 07:41PM
dedicatedteacher7 wrote:
Just travel down Meheula Parkway in Mililani towards Kamehameha Hwy and you know that must be one of the worst roads around. It is irresponsible for the Peter and Kirk to have said that they have enough to take care of the roads when trying to sell rail, but they have not been taking care of them. Caldwell is trying to earn more money to help fix the roads. What happened to having enough funds to fix the roads prior to rail being railroaded and rammed down our throats? Who really believes there will be enough money to support rail now? Everything they get their hands on goes towards rail. If rail were such a great fix, then people would be willing to pay more to ride the rail, and would already be carpooling or riding the bus. Rail is destined to fail and bankrupt our City and us!
on March 24,2013 | 06:12AM
dedicatedteacher7 wrote:
The City has allowed the roads to get to a point where it will cost zillions to fix. Perhaps that's how they are paying off their contractor friends who voted for them. Roads need to be maintained first before we devote all our money to a rail system.
on March 24,2013 | 06:16AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
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on March 24,2013 | 06:21AM
dedicatedteacher7 wrote:
What the heck are you talking about?
on March 24,2013 | 06:29AM
localguy wrote:
How much of our road repair money have our elected bureaucrats raided over the years for their pet projects? How much has been wasted on shoddy asphalt installation and repair that comes apart at the next rain storm? Fact is our road maintenance workers and asphalt mix just don't make the grade, earn an F for failure. For 18 years I traveled to Japan each year and never, ever, saw roads there as bad as ours. Japanese workers take pride in their job, use a quality asphalt mix, install it right and ensure pot holes, if they ever appear, are fixed one time the right way. No shovel slop job as is our standard. We can either continue to whine about our roads, throw money at them, or bring over road repair experts like the Japanese and learn how to do it right. Question is can our road maintenance bureaucracy every change their evil ways to give tax payers their money's worth? Past history says it will never happen. I would like to think someday the Nei will change, join the real world. Not holding my breath.
on March 24,2013 | 06:33AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Raid is the proper word
on March 24,2013 | 06:35AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
"How much of our road repair money have our elected bureaucrats raided over the years for their pet projects?" This is not a mystery. Why don't you spend as much time finding out answers to your burning questions as you do posting in the comments section. No one, except your fellow cynics will answer you here. And most of them don't have a clue. This is primarily a forum for espousing political philosophy about government and griping, not exchanging information. The game is who can make the most cynical comments about elected officials or the party in power. Much more heat than light.
on March 24,2013 | 08:20AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
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on March 24,2013 | 07:19AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
They say to like me or hate me, however please make sure that i am on your Radar. Apparently i am, so GBU.
on March 24,2013 | 07:21AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
What? Did not like something about Mr. Black? Then delete my account so that i do not subscribe to u guys anymore.
on March 24,2013 | 07:33AM
engineersoldier wrote:
Sounds like Sasamura is doing his homework and is making good progress, although time will tell. His dept needs to get and maintain good data system in order to have a viable maintenance program, but he has a work force that is essentially computer illiterate and works with a stubby pencil work order system. More problematic is the work by the Dept of Design and Construction and the consultants and contractors that continue to perform in a shoddy way, especially the contractors, who by and large, do shoddy work. 40 year design life is meaningless; city has no way or will to measure performance of the work we tax payers pay for. Every civil engineer and worker that is involved in all the various phases of the pavement system--design, mixing, construction and maintenance--needs to reflect on his performance and improve it. The civil engineers, as a profession, need to own this problem.
on March 24,2013 | 07:27AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well one thing is that we want a proven system to go systematically and fix the roads, instead of piecemeal which makes it seem that we are kicking the can down the road.
on March 24,2013 | 07:42AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Good, insightful comments, with actionable suggestions. Please post here more often.
on March 24,2013 | 08:30AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
He is from The Army Corps of Engineers. In other words, when we want something as simple as an Appendix removed, we do not go see Frank deLima, not matter how slick Frank may sound with his tutu.
on March 25,2013 | 12:36AM
waimeabi wrote:
don't forget the state roads--like the h-1 and all the pot holes there!! not all the blame should be on the city-the state hwy systems are equally deficient
on March 24,2013 | 07:39AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Neil hiding.
on March 24,2013 | 08:30AM
fieldofstones wrote:
I agree! The State is just watching City issues get targeted, but some of their roads are just as bad and need to be brought to light, too. For example: Kamehameha Hwy. between Aloha Stadium and McGrew Point (KFC). It's like driving on cobblestones. Don't dare drive over 25mph. A little further down fronting Sumida Watercress Farm, but not as bad. The off-ramp to Aiea from Moanalua Fwy was paved nicely and then it just stops short of Kamehameha Hwy.
on March 24,2013 | 11:46AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I wonder if the State refused to answer any questions for this investigation?
on March 24,2013 | 12:24PM
olos73 wrote:
Agree with @fieldofstones, I always say that everybody jumping on the Mayor to fix the roads, but they don't realize that the Gov is responsible for all the State roads. These are the major roads across the island. All the freeways, Kamehameha Hwy., Moanalua Road, Farrington Hwy., Kalanianaole Hwy., Pali, Likelike, most of Nimitz Hwy., etc. The Mayor came out with his 5-year plan but I haven't seen the Gov's plan yet. Blame the right person for repair work.
on March 24,2013 | 12:39PM
localpoi wrote:
Wasn't the increase in vehicle registration fees supposed to have been used for road maintenance? We pay by the weight of the vehicle. If they can't maintain the roads, how will they maintain the rail?
on March 24,2013 | 07:58AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No be shame just raise the fees to $1,000 per vehicle per year, so that papa cannot take his boys to meth production meetings.
on March 24,2013 | 08:16AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Vehicle registration is a state program. It's used for state roads. I saw your question and entered in the Star-Advertiser search field, and voila!
on March 24,2013 | 08:34AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"But it's the everyday things … that a city is about. It's about sewage, it's about water, garbage pickup, and it's about road repaving.

Exactly. It is NOT about rail. That's what we have been saying all along.

on March 24,2013 | 08:07AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Why got to have HART work out of Alii Place? Just have weekly meetings at Dillingham Saimin.
on March 24,2013 | 08:18AM
soundofreason wrote:
Stop the guesswork and simply PICK UP THE PHONE and ask Vegas how THEY can manage to keep THEIR roads so nice when they have to deal with EXTREME temperatures EVERY year from below freezing to 115 plus degrees along with several bouts of flooding.

Not enough focus on SOLUTIONS. Everybody just looking at the problem twenty different ways.

Maybe calling Vegas would be more beneficial if done by a reporter where some compare and contrast facts could be brought to light. An interesting statistic might be to know how many city road repair people THEY have as a "per mile of road" they maintain and compare that to ours. I would also be interested in why our roadwork needs to be done during the day when Vegas can manage to get most of theirs done at night on the higher traffic areas.

on March 24,2013 | 08:42AM
kimpira wrote:
With the diverting of funds, the City wants us now to cough up more money to repave our roads? What can the public do - revolution? Obviously, the three companies that have the bids for repaving need to be replaced. The scotch tape ain't working.
on March 24,2013 | 09:24AM
niimi wrote:
There are still other types of subgrades and toppings used on the mainland that seem to last much longer than what is used in Hawaii. I'm wondering what prevents Hawaii from producing and using a much more durable grade of asphalt for high volume traffic?
on March 24,2013 | 09:49AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
"Road repaving is not real sexy. People want to talk about new things, new buildings and new parks — redesigning Waikiki," Caldwell said last month"

Actually, Mr Caldwell, it's the politicians like you who want to talk about shiny new trains. We would love smooth safe roads.
on March 24,2013 | 09:57AM
808PearlCity wrote:
Why don't I see the stretch of road in Kakaako between Ward and South Street on ANY map for resurfacing? This is one of the worse in Kakaako as it is well traveled. This stretch has been dug up for the rail surveys and now it is in TERRIBLE CONDITION!
on March 24,2013 | 10:01AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Publication Deadline.
on March 24,2013 | 12:25PM
olos73 wrote:
@808PC, if you're talking about Ala Moana Blvd., it's a STATE road, so, you won't find it on the Mayor's City plan.
on March 24,2013 | 12:42PM
kiragirl wrote:
Don't think so. State roads do not end with 'boulevard'.
on March 24,2013 | 01:33PM
olos73 wrote:
@kiragirl, try go to: www.hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/home/oahu/oahu-state-roads-and-highways. It says Route 92, Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu Harbor to Waikiki.
on March 24,2013 | 03:12PM
liveinhawaii wrote:
My vehicle registration has go up every year for the last several years, this fee is supposed to go towards road repairs. The Mayor wanted to raise the gas tax to pay for road repaving and restore bus routes, we never had a problem with the bus routes before? The city can't even get the bus routes restored but yet they want to go ahead with the rail? Do they really think the rail would do better? Being on a track, the rail is so limited in the areas it will go to. I've yet to see it mentioned as for how much it will cost to ride the rail, maintenance cost, will there be bus stops at the rail stations to take you to your final destination or parking for you vehicle, Seems to be a lot of hidden agendas in there!!!!!!
on March 24,2013 | 11:06AM
808noelani wrote:
The public can whine all they like but if they do it right there goes their job security and overtime.
on March 24,2013 | 11:15AM
XML808 wrote:
what a waste of money. just have online voting and the street with the most complaints/votes get paved first.
on March 24,2013 | 01:36PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lol, u get my vote for the post of the day.
on March 24,2013 | 05:19PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I have travelled extensively all over the world and Hawaii's roads are much worse than third world countries where they have worse temperatures, humidity, and rain. The problem with Hawaii is that they have people that DON'T KNOW anything about installing, maintaining, and fixing roads. Hawaii people fix a pothole, it rains, and the pothole appears again and sometimes worse than before. I suggest that before Hawaii goes about paying millions and fixing the roads, they get rid of the current incompetent road crews and hire people or get advice from people who work on roads in similar climate conditions who have decent roads.
on March 24,2013 | 01:53PM
sayer wrote:
This sounds like sound advice. Potholes are dangerous - it's real public safety issue.
on March 24,2013 | 02:36PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Especially if jaywalkers run across the street and twist an ankle in the mother of potholes, attempting to hail a cab driver. Speaking of which, there would be more work for the city maintenance team tomorrow due to the downpour today. Then again let us blame Mother Nature for provide us with Pure Water -- a Living Creature's literal life blood. So this story does not have merit AT ALL AS IT IS MOTHER NATURE'S WAY OF GETTING EVEN WITH US DUE TO THE ANNEXATION OF HAWAII BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN 1898. Thank you, this is a recoding, code 999.
on March 24,2013 | 07:37PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The quality of the asphalt used in Hawaii seems to be inferior compared to the mainland standard which is more grayish in color. We pay more for a lesser product here in Hawaii it seems. Contractors who ante up for political campaigns get rich overcharging for inferior work while taxpayers get the shaft. The real problem is all our politicians are corrupt and waste taxpayer resources.
on March 24,2013 | 02:38PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
King Kamehameha the Great did not know that his descendants would race each other on the H-1 during the early morning hours.
on March 24,2013 | 05:16PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Been cogitating over this story as i drove around town today. If the number was say 85% and Hawaii was by far number one, then Honolulu we have a problem. Although Hawaii is terrible it is still within reach of the top five. That is to say, our roads are "had it", except that for a vibrant City, we are concentrating our resources on the most pressing needs.
on March 24,2013 | 03:40PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I wonder if this post will be included in next week's paper. Oh excuse me, it was me who posted it. Never mind.
on March 24,2013 | 05:17PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Hey Mayor K....you having fun yet?
on March 24,2013 | 04:05PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No i wet my pants.
on March 24,2013 | 05:12PM
LadyNinja wrote:
The reviews that the Carlwell administration put out does not include heavily used PRIVATE ROADS. Who does the monitoring of the private roads that need fixing? There are roads in Kam Heights and Alewa that are so heavily used that patching is not a priority anymore. Some of these roads were paved right after I left high school, in 1969. Go figure where all of the money to maintain the roads have gone? The city has robbed the coffers of the taxpayers to fund useless projects without maintaining what we currently have. Why? Each successive Mayor that takes office has the responsibility to continue the work that was previously being considered. If so, why weren't all of the backlogs addressed? Certain heavily used areas warrant immediate attention, private road or not. I submitted a question at a community meeting that was not answered, I still want answers for our area residents. For example: Laki Road in lower Kam Heights is used by the Handi Van drivers to transport the elderly from Maluhia Hospital, up and down Hala Drive and Keola Street also. Moreover, Lolena Street is used heavily and the potholes there are patched over and over again, why can't we have a decent answer and decent roads? We pay the same amount of taxes that other areas pay, but the Kahala area has really nice roads but ah, the area by Laki and Lolena Street, only Kalihi so why bother? The rail system is a fluke, why was it being considered to move forward when we have so much problems at hand? Fix the roads first, then build rail, we might have enough money left over to fund the project, pull it now before we spend much more money that the City does not have. Mayor Caldwell jumped too fast a lesson to be learned here. Now that the gas tax did not pass, how will we fund the pending proposed road repairs that does not INCLUDE LAKI ROAD, KEOLA STREET, LOLENA STREET in Alewa/Kam Heights area?
on March 24,2013 | 04:41PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Private roads are exactly that. To be fixed with private funding. I think your entire diatribe could have been avoided simply by noting that in your mind.
on March 24,2013 | 05:14PM
Fred01 wrote:
Sally Davis can't drive.
on March 24,2013 | 07:54PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No offense however Danica cannot either.
on March 25,2013 | 12:27AM
sailfish1 wrote:
What the City and State need to do before they spend multi-millions of dollars repaving the roads is to re-evaluate their road design and asphalt mixture. What they currently use is not working. Find out how other states and countries with similar climate conditions make their roads and adjust accordingly. Let's make our roads last and resist formation of all the potholes.
on March 24,2013 | 11:24PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Great idea, simply because u took CE 3--, i forgot which number, which was Constuction Materials.
on March 25,2013 | 12:28AM
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