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September 3, 2018

Think About It: Streets of Nightmares

As we finally have seen some sunny days, with more to follow until the next threat from Mother Nature, the time has come to perhaps reassess priorities in how we our repaving our many dilapidated streets on Oahu. My quiet neighborhood had decent streets, yet they all got repaved a while back. A viewer who I've bumped into twice recently said that her neighborhood streets were also just fine, yet those side streets also got repaved. Hmmm… So why can't we seem to get things handled on Vineyard Boulevard, Ward Avenue, Kapiolani Boulevard, the horrid Pali Highway, Ala Moana Boulevard, Likelike Highway, Liliha Street, Waimanalo Road- the list goes on and on, you know it in your neck of the woods, too… Nimitz Highway has been repaved more times than a fading Hollywood star, and many communities wince as they bear their major road breakdowns.


I don't know about roadway repair timing or city and state master plans, but with limited resources, you have to wonder why some neighborhood roads in seemingly decent shape are getting repaved well before the streets that thousands of cars unhappily bump along every day. I am sure there is a method to this seeming madness- but it's hard to fathom, week after week, as our tires, shocks and nerves are jiggled about by potholes, cracks, upraised sewers and metal plates, and just plain, consistent, poor overall upkeep.


And then there's the question about the actual material that is used locally. Stronger, more expensive repaving material, like cement, would lessen the incessant reparations needed often down the road on major roads. Concrete lasts longer and is much better than asphalt at handling heavy truck wear and tear. Vehicles use less gas on concrete roads, but concrete is more slippery than asphalt, and costs are obviously a big factor. I think. Bottom line- we all pay the price for bad roads, major road, but perhaps a little more logic and timing can go into what roads are fixed when, and with what. Think about it…

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