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Mayor to provide update on 2014 road projects

Mayor Kirk Caldwell Mayor Kirk Caldwell
MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Mayor Kirk Caldwell will hold a press conference Wednesday to announce the final City & County of Honolulu road repaving totals for 2014.

The press conference will take place at the site of one of this year's major repaving projects, Meheula Parkway. The press conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the intersection of Meheula and Anania Drive near Mililani High School.

When he took office in January 2013, Mayor Caldwell announced an ambitious five-year plan to repave an average of 300 lane miles per year, in order to repair all 1,500 lane miles deemed unsatisfactory at that time. That year, contractors repaved a record-setting 398 lane miles of Oahu city roads.

Now in year two, the city was again ahead of schedule at the time of the last quarterly report in October, with 269 lane miles having been repaved through the third quarter of 2014. Mayor Caldwell will announce the year end totals at tomorrow's press conference.

Among the projects completed this year, Contractor Grace Pacific repaved Meheula Parkway and Anania Drive, a total of 31 lane miles at a contract cost of $13,763,564. (One short portion of Meheula, from Ainamakua Drive to Koolani Drive, was paved in 2007 and remained in good condition therefore it was not repaved as part of this project.)

In addition to repaving unsatisfactory roads, the city is being proactive in maintaining roads that are still in good condition. A slurry seal (emulsified asphalt) coating is used to extend the life of good roads. The city regularly patches potholes within 48 hours of them being reported. Temporary pothole patching helps create a smoother ride for drivers until more substantive improvements can be made.

The city's Road Repaving Update page with the full list of projects, maps, and quarterly reports can be found at: http://bit.ly/WSJGUy 



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