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Waialae Avenue roadwork expected to be done in June

By June Watanabe

LAST UPDATED: 03:27 p.m. HST, Jan 14, 2014

QUESTION: When will they complete the roadwork on Wai­alae Avenue? It seems like they tear it up more than they repair it, and now it's like driving across a lava field complete with skylights (potholes) that swallow your wheels and throw your car out of alignment — and worse.

ANSWER: The estimated completion date was this month, but that turned out to be too optimistic.

The target date is now June, six months behind schedule.

The city's contractor has continued to hit "soft spots" all along Wai­alae Avenue, "something we were not expecting," said Chris Taka­shige, director of the city Department of Design and Construction.

"We've accelerated their work as best as we can by providing longer work hours, but we are still falling behind our intended schedule," Taka­shige said Monday.

Takashige explained to us last year — is.gd/72fKSL — that the $9.3 million project to repave Wai­alae from Kapa­hulu to 17th avenues couldn't finish in December because of the unexpected soft areas. Still, it looked like completion would be delayed only one month.

The project began in July 2012 and called for removing 11 inches of old pavement before laying a new surface. It initially was to take 16 months.

But with soft spots uncovered all along Wai­alae — caused by rain or water leaking from pipes seeping into the roadway — workers have had to take out more subsurface material, then build it up inches at a time in a time-consuming process.

Added costs to date amount to about $110,000, but more contract changes are expected, Taka­shige said.

QUESTION: What is the problem with the city's dog tags? I sent my check in November and still not have received the tag. They told me it would take four weeks to get the dog tag. Why so long?

ANSWER: You should receive it soon, if not already.

Although the two-year dog licenses issued by the city expire at the end of the calendar year in December, owners have until March 10 to renew the licenses to avoid a late payment of 10 percent, said Sheri Kaji­wara, director of the city Department of Customer Services.

The mainland vendor that supplies the dog tags was late in shipping them to the city, but they were expected to arrive by mid-January.

"We did expect delivery in December, but only a portion of the shipment came in and those are being used by Hawaiian Humane Society to issue new dog licenses," Kaji­wara explained.

She said customers with renewals good through 2015 are being provided the following choices:

» Turn in their renewal and payment as instructed on the renewal form. Tags will be mailed when they come in.

» Renew licenses at the Hawaiian Humane Society or any satellite city hall when the dog tags become available.

Dog owners can call the Special Services Section at 532-7710 to get the latest update, although most of the tags should have been received and put in the mail by now.

Licenses cost $10 for dogs 4 through 7 months old; $10 for neutered dogs 8 months and older, with a veterinarian certificate; and $28.50 for un-neutered dogs 8 months and older.

For more information, go to www.hawaiianhumane.org/Pet-Identification.html.


To a very kind TheBus driver. I was waiting for the bus at the stop in front of Foodland at the Ewa Town Center back in December. I started to go on with my motorized wheelchair but fell between the bus and the curb. I was embarrassed and my groceries also fell. The driver got out and was real polite and helped me onto the bus. I would like to thank him and all the other bus drivers. — Sol Kaha­awi

The driver received your note of appreciation.

"Our bus operators are trained to provide service with aloha, and it is wonderful to provide them with positive feedback when they do a job well done," said Michelle Kennedy, spokes­woman for Oahu Transit Services.


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kiragirl wrote:
Change orders are expected. Really? Company makes out like a bandit and make excuses for the delays. Do the city have inspectors to verify the company's claim and why wasn't these soft spots addressed in the bidding process? Very frustrating for us motorists to endure the delay!
on January 14,2014 | 02:14AM
cojef wrote:
Just send the purchase order earlier? No brainer, it will then arrive on time. Even businesses nowadays are run like the bureaucracy, always late.
on January 14,2014 | 02:03PM
whs1966 wrote:
The Waialae Ave. work is a crime. Two years to pave a couple of miles of street? Like so many projects, such as the one at the intersection of Metcalf & Wilder and the sewer work on Date Street, little or nothing happens for day, weeks, even months. In the meantime, drivers must put up with steel plates and lousy patchwork, like the patches on Date near Kapahulu.
on January 14,2014 | 05:23AM
primo1 wrote:
"Crime" is the correct word. We the tax payers are the ones being ripped off.
on January 14,2014 | 07:17AM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Not to mention drivers who suffer damages to their cars due to the rough roadways being "fixed".
on January 14,2014 | 09:09AM
star08 wrote:
There is a process for documenting and submitting receipts for repairs done to your vehicles when a road problem causes damage. And, if more people did this then maybe there would be some city attention to these crappy roads we drive on.
on January 14,2014 | 03:32PM
localguy wrote:
One has to understand the Nei has a track record of willfully failing to do government work on time, on budget. Only a 6 month delay? Wow. Normally 12-18 months is the standard. Will not be long before the contractor comes back with more delays, more change orders .Cost overrun will be about $250k. Here we go again.
on January 14,2014 | 12:39PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
You know that ... as long as Kirk gets his cut of the pie, it's all good.
on January 14,2014 | 07:42PM
Jonas wrote:
Who do we complain to? Someone needs to lose their job over this constant flow of b.s. I understand delays happen, but this is bordering on incompetance!
on January 14,2014 | 02:49PM
star08 wrote:
on January 14,2014 | 03:31PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Complaints are received and acted upon only in election years. Try the mayors office of information and complaint.
on January 14,2014 | 07:44PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The contractor is getting paid, the mayor is getting paid, the council members are getting paid ... what's the problem? All involved get paid more when the taxpayer gets ripped off and inconvenienced for the maximum period of time. You should know that's how Hawaii works.
on January 14,2014 | 07:41PM
Wazdat wrote:
WOW 2 years to repave a road ??? Only in Hawaii do we have such INCOMPETENCE. What about Date street ??

DOT in Honolulu is a COMPLETE JOKE and the leaders should all be FIRED

on January 14,2014 | 05:54AM
primo1 wrote:
It's not incompetence, it's just how business is done here. Built-in obsoleteness guarantees more work.
on January 14,2014 | 07:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Not to mention, they had to wait for Mayor Krik to show up and shovel the first load.
on January 14,2014 | 11:57AM
localguy wrote:
Kirky boy showed up with his little beach bucket and plastic shovel. Yeah, lots of leadership there.
on January 14,2014 | 12:41PM
Jonas wrote:
Ha ha. The taxpayers are the ones receiving every shovel-full. Of b.s.!
on January 14,2014 | 02:50PM
localguy wrote:
Got that right. Kirky Boy is always shoveling his loads of, well, you know what he shovels. And it doesn't smell good.
on January 14,2014 | 07:48PM
Wazdat wrote:
sorry but the people who run the DOT are INCOMPETENT
on January 14,2014 | 06:21PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
@ Sol Kahawai, good for you for offering a manahlo to the bus druvers who helped you. MTL drivers are the unsung heroes of Honolulu--they have to put up with terrible traffic conditions, poor roadways,a dn some passangers who aren't the nicest people. My wife rides TheBus every day to and from work and she often mentions how patient and even friendly the bus drivers are. These are people who have few "rest breaks" in a high stress job. (And no, I'm not a bus driver nor do I have relatives who drive for MTL).
on January 14,2014 | 09:14AM
hilopango wrote:
Agree with you. I spent a little over a year riding TheBus from a downtown job. 99% of the drivers I encountered were great, friendly and helpful. We usually only hear about the 1% who are not.
on January 14,2014 | 09:54AM
kiragirl wrote:
I rarely but recently rode Da Bus and the driver was very friendly. Made me feel comfortable. Boy, they're good drivers too because our streets are narrow and there is only a few feet between the adjacent cars. Hats off to them! No wonder we have the world's best bus system.
on January 14,2014 | 11:26AM
localguy wrote:
Great story about the bus driver. Good ones like this driver are not recognized enough. Take a bow!!!!
on January 14,2014 | 12:40PM
haolecrab wrote:
Most of the paving projects are contracted, by bid, to Grace Pacific. Class act! They pave more lane miles in Hawaii Kai, in one day, than the contractor on Waialae paves in 3 months! Low bidder? Job security? Cost over runs and soft spots? Go figure! No accountability or resposible people will be held to the fire. Only the tax payers and drivers will suffer....Unreal!
on January 14,2014 | 04:48PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
The rich folks in Hawaii Kai would probably not stand for 2 years of paving for a few miles of road. Kaimuki folks don't matter that much to politicians, they elect the same guys over and over year after year.
on January 14,2014 | 07:47PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Like every other road repaving project in Hawaii, the contractors are allowed to royally rip off the taxpayers and drag the job out with change orders as long as they donate big time to the right politicians at election time, in this case Caldwell and Martin. The 2 biggest crooks in city administration.
on January 14,2014 | 07:38PM
clum56 wrote:
I sure wish we would have the Kokua and Aloha Spirit here in Minneapolis. Yesterday as I was approaching my bus stop the driver didn't stop for me to get on the bus. I was about 10ft away from the bus stop, He saw me wave at him but he just shook his head, "no" and drove off. Oh, I forgot that i live on the mainland and the Aloha Spirit does not apply here....Auwe!!!!
on January 16,2014 | 04:07AM
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