The Department of Public Works is continuing its priority repairs
Pothole patching crews have been filling large potholes in the Upcountry area since Saturday, but ongoing wet weather conditions have made it difficult for workers to pave or use hot patch material. The Makawao District covers Haiku to Ulupalakua and the Wailuku District covers Kahului to Kihei.
The asphalt plant that produces the department’s material to patch potholes also has been down since last week. District staff have been sharing the last of their material reserves and have begun using alternatives until the asphalt plant resumes production.
Historically high rainfall numbers have contributed to an increase in the number of potholes throughout the island and across the nation. In Makawao, more than 17 inches of rain has fallen this month and another nine inches fell in January. “Potholes remain a concern countywide and our Highways Division staff continues to coordinate with district supervisors over the limited supply of patch material,” acting Public Works Director David Goode said. “We have reached out to the state Department of Transportation for assistance and they have graciously agreed to give us some cold patch material from their stockpile. It won’t be enough to patch all the potholes on the island, but it will help.”
To report potholes, road drainage and other flooding issues, call:
- Hana District: (808) 876-4590
- Lahaina District: (808) 270-4370
- Lanai District: (808) 565-7086
- Makawao District: (808) 876-4535
- Molokai District: (808) 553-3222
- Wailuku District: (808) 270-7443
The Department of Public Works thanks members of the public for their cooperation and apologizes for the inconvenience.