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February 29, 2016

Think About It: Street Smart... Not

Far too often over the past 16+ years of doing these editorials, I've commented on the woeful condition of far too many of our roads. I've even joked about the quality of the material being used, as if I knew any better. Well, now it appears that there really has been some concern about the quality, and lack thereof, of the slough stuff that has been thrown down on our street surfaces over the years.

In 2008, the State Department of Transportation received a consultant report suggesting that software being used was obsolete, the staff training and equipment was not where it needed to be, and certain products used successfully elsewhere were not being used here. Well, now it's 2016, and apparently all of those concerns are still in play as the roads continue to denigrate, often even after being repaired. Many questions asked by a prying Honolulu Star-Advertiser on this issue have thus far apparently gone unanswered. Employees have left, procedures needed to be followed… the usual. And the only ones happy are the axle and tire repair services.

Yes, we hear and see of some repairs, which don't seem to last too long. Where do you want to start- School Street, Dillingham Boulevard, King Street, Kapi`olani, Pali Highway, or Nimitz Boulevard? Maybe an in-town freeway section? And those are just some major thoroughfares in Honolulu proper. How about O`ahu neighborhoods and Neighbor Island roads? Gee, could the outsiders actually teach us something? Like back in 2008? Or must we still have third world roads and repair techniques going forward due to archaic systems and bureaucratic malaise? Think about it...

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