Honolulu mayor touts road re-paving project - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Honolulu mayor touts road re-paving project

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart

    Study shows instant ramen bad for the heart

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:25:44 GMT
    Instant RamenInstant Ramen
    Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.More >>
    Its cheap and easy to prepare that's why instant ramen is such a staple for those low on cash and time.More >>
  • Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    Viral Video: Goliath grouper snags 4-foot shark from fisherman's line

    A fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida thinks he has a pretty nice catch. As he reels in a four-foot shark, his catch is stolen by an even bigger fish. A massive grouper pulls the sharkMore >>
    A massive grouper steals a four-foot shark from a fisherman's line off the coast of Florida.More >>
  • Man dubbed "Manoa Menace" arrested

    Man dubbed "Manoa Menace" arrested

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:01:06 GMT
    The man dubbed as the "Manoa menace" has been arrested, but not for harassing his Manoa neighbors.More >>
    The man dubbed as the "Manoa menace" has been arrested, but not for harassing his Manoa neighbors.More >>
MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"As of last week, we have re-paved over 317 lane miles.  So we're ahead of our goal, and we have three months left".  Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was quick to tout a record year of road improvements in Mililani Monday.

The Mayor plans to re-pave 1500 lane miles over a five year period in Honolulu, with the goal of re-paving 300 miles each year.

Another win for the administration is the project staying within budget so far.

"We have a contingency amount, which is 10% which is put in part of our project costs, and so for the most part, it hasn't exceeded the 10%" said Chris Takashige.

One hundred million dollars were budgeted for fiscal year 2013, with the Mayor asking for 150 million in F.Y. 2014.  The City Council has appropriated 120 million dollars, but may look to bolster that number based on the early success.

"I don't believe we should have much of a problem working with the administration to ensure we can get some additional monies appropriated next year" said Councilman Ikaika Anderson.

One of the more notable projects slated for the start of 2014 is the rehabilitation of Mililani's main thoroughfare, the Meheula Parkway.

"They have beautiful monkey pod trees in the median strips of Meheula parkway.  You notice a lot of the time you bump over the roots, so it's taken longer to get the design part done and to work with arborists to make sure we don't damage those trees" noted Mayor Caldwell.

While there have been such delays and the usual inconveniences of road construction, the results have been promising, as noted by Councilman Stanley Chang.

"We've gone in just one year from having the second worst roads to the 18th worst roads.  We've already seen a lot of progress in just one year.  By the end of five years we should be near the top of that list instead of near the bottom of that list".

 

Follow Chris Tanaka:    

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.