Road Work Q&A – Who do I contact about road work issues?
The city is responsible for most of the roads in Mililani; Castle & Cooke is also still responsible for some. You can contact your City Council member or our office if you have questions about road jurisdiction. You can also call the city Department of Transportation Services at 768-3600 or visit www1.honolulu.gov/dts. Rep. Fukumoto also submits requests to the city on behalf of constituents. For Kamehameha Highway or the H2, including the Mililani Interchange, you can contact Representative Fukumoto or the state Department of Transportation at 587-2150 or hidot.hawaii.gov.
Who do I call to report a pothole or make a claim for damages to my car?
To report a pothole, call 768-7777 for city roads and 536-7852 for state roads. If your car is damaged by a pothole on Meheula Parkway or another city road, you can call 768-5222 to file a claim. To file a claim for damage caused by a state highway, call 831-6714.
Where can I get information on state road work?
The state Department of Transportation’s website has information at hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/roadwork. Other useful websites include www.pmcontraflow.com and h1rehab.com. Community presentations done by the department, including the presentations on the Mililani Interchange Traffic Study on May 22 and Sept. 5 of this year, are available at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/presentations/.
How often do city roads get worked on?
The city has a priority system to determine when road work will be done. A special vehicle that collects visual information to help identify distresses in the roads helps with the process. The latest update for the city’s plan can be found at www1.honolulu.gov/ddc/roadrepavingupdate.htm. Please note that many factors, such as weather, can result in schedule changes.
Why do roads get repaved when they don’t need to be?
The city does rehabilitation work to extend the life of the road, which involves a slurry seal overlay that’s applied before the road deteriorates to a point when more expensive reconstruction work would be needed. In many cases, this slurry seal overlay was done ahead of work on Meheula Parkway because it was a quicker contract to complete. Also, some roads that may be in less need of repair than others that haven’t been repaved yet may be included in the work contracted out primarily to repave other roads in the area.
Why did it take so long for work on Meheula Parkway to start?
While there are many factors that can push back road work schedules, the city attributed the delay from its initial estimate of the end of 2013 to design and permitting issues. The city said that additional time was needed to make a plan that would avoid damaging the monkey pod trees in the median, which could cause them to topple over. Additionally, the contractor may needed additional time to obtain an NPDES permit from the state Department of Health’s (DOH) Clean Water Branch. The permit, which the DOH manages in Hawaii on behalf of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, requires a storm water management plan.
I hope you’ll join us in thanking our Mililani city Councilmembers, Ron Menor and Ernie Martin, for their vigilance on this issue that’s top of mind for so many of us who drive on Meheula Parkway daily.
A brief summary of the city’s March 12, 2014 town hall meeting about the project is available at following link: City Explains Meheula Parkway Project.