City’s repaving plan is ahead of schedule

Meheula Pkwy., Mililani

The City and County of Honolulu says it’s ahead of schedule when it comes to repaving Oahu’s roads.

That’s according to a quarterly road repaving progress report released Wednesday by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The city’s five-year plan calls for repaving an average of 300 lane miles per year in order to repair all 1,500 lane miles deemed unsatisfactory in a 2012 survey. Last year, city contractors repaved a record 398 lane miles. Now, in year two, 126 lane miles have been repaved through the first quarter of 2014.

A major rehabilitation project that repaved 29 lane miles of roads in Kailua over a one-year period and cost $6.1 million was completed last month. Crews are now repaving Meheula Parkway in Mililani as part of 20 ongoing road projects that will repave a total of 747 lane miles at an estimated cost of $176 million.

“We are making unprecedented progress in fixing our roads,” said Mayor Caldwell. “While we are ahead of schedule, we will continue to remain focused and work as efficiently as we can to complete projects as quickly as possible while maintaining a high standard of work. The public deserves good roads, and we remain committed to making that happen.”

The city uses a slurry seal (emulsified asphalt) coating to extend the life of good roads.

The city also patches potholes within 48 hours of them being reported. As of April 5, the city has filled more than 13,300 potholes this year.

The public is encouraged to report potholes to the city by calling 768-7777.

Read the quarterly status report here.

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