It isn’t glamorous, but it’s something that impacts the quality of our life every single day — that’s what Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said Wednesday as he announced his administration is ahead of schedule on his plan to fix Oahu’s roads.
Since first announcing what has been termed as an “aggressive” repaving schedule in January of 2013, the mayor said 959 lane miles of city roads have been resurfaced, putting the city 59 lane miles ahead of schedule.
“The good news is that with all the miles we’ve paved, we’re ahead of target for the three years,” the mayor said, “and if we keep on this process, and getting about 300 (lane miles every year), we’ll get there before five years.”
Mayor Caldwell said a total of 256 lane miles were paved this year, with crews focusing primarily in downtown, Mililani, Palolo and Windward Oahu.
“They’ve been neglected for decades, and so as a result, 43 percent of the roads on this island were substandard.”
And although the number of paved miles was down this year — the result of more storms and rain days — the mayor said his administration isn’t about to slow down. “Over the next two years, we will hit all the areas where the substandard roads are.”
And topping that list of roads, Beretania Street is where the city is going to lay down three to four inches of new pavement and work with utilities to relocate lines before embarking on what they call a full-depth reconstruction.
Roads in Waianae and Kaneohe, as well as Date Street, Kapahulu Avenue, Ward Avenue, Kaukonahua Road and Liliha Street, are also on the priority list.
And, yes, when it comes to potholes, the city is taking notice and taking numbers — the latest count, 51,000 were filled in this year.
The city also wants you to call the pothole hotline at 768-7777 when you see a new pothole pop up, ramping up response before the small holes become large craters that can prove both dangerous and damaging to cars.
Also under the city’s Pavement Preservation Program — which uses slurry seal and crack seal — more than 45 miles were slurry sealed and nearly 42 miles were crack sealed during 2015.