Buckling road in Palolo creates dangerous conditions for drivers, residents


Frustrated Palolo residents say they’re living on a road that is becoming a danger to the neighborhood.

They’ve been trying to get the city to fix it, but their complaints have been ignored.

So they reached out to KHON2’s Action Line to get something done.

Residents along Waiomao Road say a large bump has most drivers getting on the wrong side of the road in order to avoid it.

They say they’ve been dealing with the problem for nearly a year, and it keeps getting worse.

“The bump is getting bigger and bigger. It’s like two to three feet above the surface of the road,” said resident Kevin Kuroda.

Another resident, who didn’t want to be identified, says it’s an accident waiting to happen.

“You do have people who don’t see it. So now you have screeching tires and bottoming out sounds going on and it’s just getting worse,” she said.

Neighbors say they’re also worried about their homes. They’ve contacted the city several times to get the road fixed, but there’s been no response.

“It’s very frustrating. It’s the lack of information that is the worst thing,” said a resident.

They were hopeful when the city put up signs months ago saying work will begin in October.

However, “this past week, I saw Board of Water (Supply) come in to patch a leak in the road next to the bump, maybe related to the problem or not, but nothing has been done,” said Kuroda.

In an emailed response, a city spokesman said that repair is scheduled for the end of January.

There are several signs surrounding the damaged part of the road, but the city says it has nothing to do with fixing it. It’s actually for a project on the next street over.

KHON2 also asked why it’s taken this long to fix it and why the residents have not been informed.

In his response, the spokesman said: “Thank you for the opportunity, however, we have nothing further to add at this time.”

We also reached out to Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi, who represents the area. She says she is waiting for a response from the city on how it plans to fix the road.

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