Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Monday that city contractors have repaved 77 lane-miles of deteriorated roads since he took office in January.
The first quarterly status update has been released. The administration will regularly produce these updates to help the public keep track of road repairs and spending.
The status update shows that the city is expected to meet Caldwell’s target of repaving 300 lane-miles in the current fiscal year. The administration has put 14 major road projects worth a total of $106 million out to bid since February, in addition to the 17 projects that are currently underway.
"Repairing our bad roads and making good roads last longer are some of this administration’s top priorities, and we are getting the job done," Caldwell said.
Caldwell has designated $153 million for road repair work in his proposed budget for the new fiscal year, and plans to seek City Council approval of similar amounts in each of the following three years.
The administration’s five-year road plan aims to repair all 1,500 lane-miles of roads that are considered degraded. The work will go far beyond the pothole-patching that provides a temporary fix.
Despite some perceptions that the city is unable to execute projects equal to the funding made available, virtually all the money budgeted for road repairs from fiscal years 2007 through 2011 has been encumbered (contracted to spend), according to Caldwell.
The new projects being bid will encumber all remaining funding for 2012, along with an estimated $80 million in 2013 funds.