Repaving project complete on Waialae AvenueUPDATED 7:33 PM HST Jul 10, 2014Video Transcript
good reason to cheer today... The repaving of Waialae Avenue is finally finished. The project took longer than anticipated and went over budget... However Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the results should last well into the next decade. KITV4's Andrew Pereira joins us with the latest... Andrew? Paula, Yunji... Waialae Avenue will soon feature bike lanes, and the mayor says he's open to the idea of increasing the roadwork moratorium on newly paved roads. 01 14 101 Do you remember 1990? Kaimuki residents might because that's the last time Waialae Ave. was resurfaced. The one-time bumpy road is again as smooth as glass, from 1st Avenue all the way to the H1 Freeway. KIRK CALDWELL: "WE COULD'VE PICKED EASY STREETS AND DONE MORE JUST EASY ONES, WELL WE TACKLED THIS ONE BECAUSE IT'S SO HEAVILY TRAVELLED." Once contractors began digging it up, the true condition of Waialae Ave. came into focus. Soft spots like this one in front of Aliiolani Elementary delayed completion of the project by six months and pushed the price tag from $9.3 million to $11.7 million. Much of the roadway required full-depth reconstruction. KIRK CALDWELL: "THIS IS NOT MILL AND FILL, JUST A FIRST THREE INCHES HERE. WE WENT DOWN SOMETIMES A FOOT, SOMETIMES MORE." Once Waialae Avenue is re- striped, drivers will notice new bike lanes or "sharrows" from Kapahulu Ave. to 17th Ave. CHAD TANIGUCHI: "IT'S GOING TO MAKE COMMUTING MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE AND SAFE." "Sharrows" are symbols that tell drivers they must share the road. CHAD TANIGUCHI: "WHEN THE LANE IS TOO NARROW FOR A CAR AND BIKE TO RIDE SAFELY SIDE- BY-SIDE IN THE SAME LANE, THE BICYCLE CAN USE THE FULL LANE, WHICH MEANS GOING IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. AND THAT'S THE WAY I RIDE, THAT'S THE WAY OTHER PEOPLE RIDE BECAUSE WE KNOW IT'S SAFER." Under current city guidelines, utility companies are not supposed to trench or cut into a newly paved road like Waialae Ave. for at least a year. However Councilman Stanley Chang wants to increase the moratorium to two years. The mayor said he's open to Chang's idea, or possibly fining utilities if they cut into a newly paved road. KIRK CALDWELL: "I'M LOOKING FOR WAYS TO INCENTIVIZE THE UTILITY COMPANIES, WHETHER IT BE PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, TO GET ON BOARD WHEN WE REPAVE A ROAD; TO JOIN US, GET EVERYTHING DONE, SO WHEN THE ROAD IS REPAVED IT DOESN'T GET DUG UP AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 10 TO 15 YEARS." So far this year the city has repaved 203 lane miles, according to the mayor's quarterly progress report. Mayor Caldwell has set a goal of repaving 300 lane miles each year through 2017. Next up is Palolo, which will see 29 lane miles repaved at a cost of $10 million to $12 million dollars. Paula?