Think About It: Highway To… Help - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News, Weather and Sports

July 1, 2013

Think About It: Highway To… Help

As cars bounce around on many of our major thoroughfares, Oahu's windward side residents were recently reminded just how slowly the wheels of progress and asphalt roll. The Pali Highway is in bad shape in many places, and a recent Star-Advertiser Kokua Line newspaper story pointed out that major repair work is not anticipated until to begin until at least 2014 for Kailua-bound travelers and 2015 for town-bound drivers.

That's a long wait, made worse knowing that another wet season or two will only make things bumpier. A state Department of Transportation spokesperson cited limited funding and problems that go far below the street surface and simple patchwork repairs. The project cost is estimated at $33-million, and this is for about a total of five-miles that will be fixed. The Hawaii Tribune Herald reported that the American Society of Civil Engineers found that 65% of Hawaii's roads are in poor or mediocre condition and 47% of the bridges here are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete… and that report came out in 2007. 

You can only avoid so many roads and potholes in Hawaii to get from point A to point B in a reasonable amount of time- after all, we live on islands with limited driving options. Maybe the time has come to budget accordingly; unfortunately, I mean the consumer. Depending on where you drive, assume you're probably going to need new tires, tire re-balancing, new shocks or an axle and tire realignment on a more regular basis, because the reality is that the road to Haleiwa may be paved with good intentions, but it's got lousy asphalt. Think about it…

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