Worst road on Oahu?

By Andrew Pereira
Published On: Feb 07 2014 07:11:56 PM HST
Updated On: Feb 07 2014 09:18:05 PM HST

Large potholes frustrate drivers on Wana'ao Road in Kailua.

Kailua, Hawaii -

Shake, rattle and roll! No, it's not the hit song by Big Joe Turner in 1954, but what happens to your car when you drive on a particular stretch of Wana'ao Road in Kailua.

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"It almost looks like they've paved every other road in Kailua except this one," said Jessica Hawkins, who lives nearby.

Homeowner Peter Look has dealt with the pothole minefield that has become Wana'ao Road for the past 12 years. He's holding out hope the city will soon spring into action, and late Friday morning a crew arrived, but only to fill the many pukas that have made the road difficult to navigate.

"It probably took them about two minutes to do it, and it was kind of comical, they were just trying to dig through the piles of water and dumping the asphalt," he said.    

Those quick fixes may soon come to an end with fresh, new pavement. Mayor Kirk Caldwell has promised to repave 1,500 lane miles on Oahu in a span of five years.

According to the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), a $13.6 million contract issued last July to contractor Road and Highway Builders will result in the repaving of 160 roads in the Kailua area. Unfortunately for those who have to drive on Wana'ao Road, the contractor does not have to prioritize which road gets repaved first.

"They put together their own schedule on the best way for them to accomplish the contract," said Mark Yonamine, deputy director at DDC.

Although the potholes are currently covered with clumps of patching material, there is somewhere to turn if a driver experiences car damage while driving on Wana'ao Road, or any other city road for that matter.

In 2012, the city's Department of Corporation Counsel paid 17 of 59 pothole-damage claims for a total of $5,442.12. Claims can be paid out for any type of vehicle damage, but anything above $5,000 has to be approved by the City Council.

To request a claim form, a driver must contact the department at 768-5222.    

"I don't know if a lot of people know about that because especially, like, lower cars, I'm surprised they don't bottom out in some of these holes," said Hawkins.

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