DOT: Pali Highway resurfacing just a temporary fix
State plans full repaving in 2014
The State Department of Transportation says it receives many complaints about the poor condition of Pali Highway, but they don't have the money right now for a full resurfacing.
Nuuanu resident Paula Rath said, "Pali highway is just an ongoing problem and there are potholes and pukas and crevices and it's a mess."
The Hawaii DOT said it needs $14 million for a complete fix. Money it doesn't have right now. But it's a fix they say needs to be addressed right now.
"We're doing a pavement preservation, which is we're hitting the worst areas, the spot areas," said state Department of Transportation spokesperson Caroline Sluyter. "We're doing a mill and fill, which is a temporary pavement preservation solution. It's more than a pothole patch though. It's an actual re-surfacing in certain spot areas."
The $400,000 project began this week, causing a traffic nightmare at times. A nightmare that the DOT said should be very temporary.
"It's something that we can do relatively quickly and it's also a lot less than a full repaving or a rehabilitation," said Sluyter.
"Well, at this point, I'll take what I can get," Rath added. "It's pathetic and the roads are just bad."
The re-surfacing project is just a temporary fix. The state is planning a much bigger project for next year.
That's when the DOT will have the $14 million needed to address Pali Highway's underlying structural problems and to repave the rugged roadway.
Crews will be working Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DOT said the project should be be complete within a couple of weeks.
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