Meheula Parkway undergoing 5-year repavement

Published On: Mar 11 2014 07:50:01 PM HST   Updated On: Mar 11 2014 08:21:48 PM HST
MILILANI, Hawaii -

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city's odometer is ticking away as crews work to repave 1,500 lane miles in Mililani over the next 5 years.

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If you have driven on Hawaii's roads after a rainstorm you know the pothole swerve.

"It's a game you know, swerving and the lanes are narrow. You can't really get out of your lanes," said Trenna Begonia, a Mililani Mauka resident.

But good news for drivers in Mililani, Caldwell announced a new plan to ease their frustration.

"Repaving the road completely is the answer and that's why pot holes have become less and less of a problem as we go forward. But areas that haven't been repaved yet, we go there," said Caldwell.

The thirteen million dollar project plan is to repave Meheula Parkway and Anania Drive, completing the 37 lane miles by the first week of December.

Crews have already started digging, but the plan is to cut the 37 lane miles into sections and complete one lane mile a week.

"It needs to be done. It's long overdue – long overdue," said Olivia Donnell, a Mililani resident.

Officials say part of the problem is the monkey pod trees, specifically their roots.

"City crew and their construction companies are dealing with the roots -- eliminating them, preserving the trees -- but also eliminating the source that could further undermine the road in the future," said District 9 City Councilman Ron Menor.

And even though parts of the streets will be closed off temporarily, drivers say it is worth it.

"The fact that it's being done is kind of worth the inconvenience for a little bit. To know that in the long run it's going to pay off," said Donnell.

Meheula Parkway

Meheula Parkway

Meheula Parkway


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