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Over the past six months, the City has paved a total of 139 lane miles, with that number expected to more than double in second half of the year as additional projects begin.
“I’m pleased to report that the City is on-track to repair at least 300 lane miles of deteriorated roads by the end of this year,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Repairing our bad roads and making good roads last longer is remains one of my top priorities, and we are showing we can get the job done.”
The City currently has 25 roads projects totaling nearly $200 million that are either on-going or about to begin. Work on six of those projects started in 2012, while the remaining 19 projects were initiated since Mayor Caldwell took office in January.
Mayor Caldwell also noted that the $77 million appropriated by the City Council in the FY 2012 budget has now been encumbered (contracted to spend), which is about a year ahead what had previously been standard practice. As of June 30, the City had also encumbered more than $61 million of the $100 million that was appropriated in the FY 2013 budget.
“By getting projects out in a more efficient and consistent manner, we avoid a rush at the end of the fiscal year, which can potentially lead to funds lapsing and also drive up costs,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Everyone involved in the process is working hard to ensure projects move out and are completed in a timely manner, while emphasizing quality work and the least amount of impact to the public during construction.”
Quarterly status reports are posted online at: www1.honolulu.gov/ddc/roadrepavingupdate.htm.
Attachment: Q2 Roads Projects Status Report
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Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell
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