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.