DOT: Pali Highway resurfacing just a temporary fix

State plans full repaving in 2014

Published  8:59 PM HST Apr 11, 2013

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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