Sinking manhole cover goes unrepaired for months, resident says

Onipaa St., Moanalua
Onipaa St., Moanalua

Moanalua resident Mike Uyeno is concerned about a storm drain manhole cover that he says started to sink four months ago. The quiet neighborhood is home to a number of senior citizens.

“This is kind of hazardous when the thing’s open like that,” he said. “I’d sure like to have it fixed.”

The manhole in question sits directly in front of Uyeno’s home of 50 years.

Uyeno said he called the city back in January. A crew came out to look at it, told him they’d fix it and put out some barricades.

That’s the last Uyeno saw of them, he said.

“A guy came with a vacuum and cleaned it up and there was a root underneath and he said, ‘I don’t think this thing is too safe,'” he said, “so he said he’s going to report it back to the maintenance people.”

Uyeno said it’s a hazard for cars and pedestrians in the neighborhood.

When asked what he would like to see done, Uyeno said, “Well, I’d like it put back in normal condition. You know, I bring my rubbish can out here, but because of this, I’ve got to bring it over by the driveway.”

In a statement issued Thursday, Ross Sasamura of the city Dept. of Facility Maintenance said:

The issue requires corrective work on storm drain manhole components and the Department of Facility Maintenance is in the process of ordering the associated materials. The repair will be initiated when materials and other resources are available. The project is expected to be completed within the next three weeks. We appreciate the patience and understanding of area residents.

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