Kalihi family wants damaged road fixed, city delays repairs

Damaged Road Kalihi

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The city is making a push to get to roads repaired across Oahu, but for one Kalihi family, it’s been nothing but a waiting game.

The family says it was told last year that repairs would start in March, but so far nothing has been done.

“It’s been over a year and the city and county hasn’t done anything yet,” Kalihi resident Vilma Belma said.

In order to get into their driveway, Belma and her family have to plow through some uneven terrain. She says over the past year, the damaged road has been getting worse.

The damage to their cars is what prompted them to ask for help from their representative.

“It’s no excuse, it’s absolutely no excuse. We’ve got a family here, they’re driving in and out. This is a safety hazard and they need to maintain this road,” said Rep. John Mizuno (D) Kalihi.

Rep. Mizuno says he wrote a letter to the city in October of last year. One month later, he got a response.

“They had indicated it would go to a different division that repairs this area and we were told it would be done in March of 2013,” Rep. Mizuno said.

The Department of Facility Maintenance told Rep. Mizuno that a crew investigated the area and deemed it to be in poor condition. But due to its “heavy backlog,” repairs couldn’t begin for another four months.

March came and went. The damage continued to get worse.

The transition from the road to the driveway is broken into several pieces. If any weight is placed on the large piece, it begins to teeter. One can imagine the hazard it creates for cars that are much heavier.

Rep. Mizuno sent two more letters. This time, no response.

Rep. Mizuno says the city could be liable for any damage to vehicles. But for Belma, all she wants…

“Just to fix the road. That’s it,” Belma said.

The city said the gutter work was previously scheduled. It will start next week.

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