Pothole patrol is on the prowl

County of Kaua‘i Department of Public Works officials do have a plan to patch up the problematic potholes on county roads, according to Mary Daubert, county public information officer.

But that plan requires sunny weather, or at least an absence of rain.

“Road crews are out fixing potholes whenever the weather is nice (not raining). Priority is given to major roads and large potholes,” she said.

Members of DPW Division of Road Construction & Maintenance crews worked over the weekend, at least on Saturday during the sunny, non-rainy periods, patching puka on Hardy Street and other busy county roads.

They can only fill the holes when it is not raining, Daubert said.

And for those who are curious about a pothole reappearing after it’s been filled, Daubert said, “It’s usually due to the weight of big trucks traveling over it and forcing the mix out of the hole.”

Small warning signs have been placed along Maluhia Road (Tree Tunnel road) asking motorists to drive slowly because of the potholes.

Some of those holes have been filled, but there are still some areas that were underwater last month and are still showing effects of the water and subsequent driving of vehicles over parts of it.

Daubert added that the “S-turns” section of Maluhia Road, where some of the pothole signs are hanging, “is scheduled to be re-surfaced before year’s end.”

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