Mayor gets hands dirty; fixes potholes

Published  10:34 PM HST Jan 09, 2013
HONOLULU -

Mayor Kirk Caldwell promised to fix potholes, now he's getting his hands dirty repairing some holes himself.

Drivers say it's not easy avoiding potholes.

"It's potential accidents waiting to happen. It drifts you off into the other lane," said driver Johnny Retuta.

"It's kind of frustrating when you're in traffic and you have to dodge around, and you really can't," said driver Gabrielle.

The mayor was hard at work early on Wednesday. It's one of his administration's priorities to fill more potholes in the city. The mayor says his upcoming budget may include more than $100 million dollars for road repair.

"The next step is not just finding the money, it's actually getting it out to contractors to rebuild roads this one here, and we're going to work really hard to do that," said Mayor Caldwell.

But that rebuilding comes too late for some. Mechanics said drivers go into their shops daily to fix damage caused by potholes, and it can be very expensive to fix.

"You have a car that can get damaged, a wheel that can get damaged, and the alignment that can get knocked out, and in some cases even damage to suspension parts," said Jim Baldauf with Lex Brodie's Tire Company.

Some said there's only one thing you can do to avoid the holes.

"Slow down and watch out because some of them are very deep, and you can't tell especially if there's water in it, so you just go slow," said driver Scott Watanabe.

Caldwell said after any big rain, the city will move personnel from routine maintenance to filling big holes on roads.

If you find a pothole you can help by calling the city's new pothole hotline at 768-7777.

The mayor asks that you report where and how big the pothole is.  The repairs are a part of an end goal to makeover city streets.

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