Pothole battles continue on City and State roadways

Pothole battles continue on City and State roadways

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - We can tell potholes are getting bad by the number of frustrated drivers who contact us. The City and State also field the complaints and have repair plans in place.

Last night the state shutdown portions of the H1 freeway in 15 minute roving increments to patch potholes. Its warning drivers its going to do it again on Tuesday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. It's necessary but also enough to drive motorists mad.

On the City side it was almost exactly a year ago Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell traded his aloha shirt for a shovel and declared war on the pothole.

"The war on potholes is an ongoing war it never ends really," said Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor.

No but he says progress is being made. More than 48,000 potholes were filled in the last year and nearly 400 miles of roads were repaved. That's almost 100 more than the goal.

"That's going to make the real difference because filling potholes is a temporary solution. You fill it, it lasts for awhile, you get another rain, there is water in between, it comes back out and we have to fill it again and doing that repeatedly doesn't make sense," said Mayor Caldwell.

One of the most complained about roads is Meheula Parkway in Mililani.

"It's a beautiful road, you have the monkey pod trees but the roots are going under the road and that was part of the holdup. How do we trim the roots without affecting the safety of the tree? We're working on that. We resolved that," said Mayor Caldwell.

And by March the entire Parkway will be repaved along with more lanes in the City's road plan.

"We've committed in 5 years to repave every substandard road. That's 43 percent of all the roads on this island," said Mayor Caldwell.

And that is a pothole promise.

Keep those pothole complaints coming in. To report a pothole on City and County roads call 808-768-7777. For State highways call 808-536-7852.

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