Lack of over­sight

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMENTARY - Pradeepta Chowd­hury

The Ko­mo­hana saga con­tin­ues.

Ya­mada & Sons Inc. started work­ing on resur­fac­ing a small sec­tion (less than a quar­ter of a mile) of Ko­mo­hana Street, be­tween Kuikahi Street and Wa­ianu­enue Av­enue, in late 2015. They have con­tin­ued to work in fits and starts since then, blam­ing the rain gods and equip­ment fail­ure.

The work done so far is sub­stan­dard, to say the least. The two sides of the road are not seam­less. There are parts that are un­even and dip. They leave sig­nif­i­cant por­tions of the road blocked off for weeks at a time, with no con­cern about dis­rup­tion they have caused to mo­torists.

It is now 2017, and there is no end in sight!

I un­der­stand the County of Hawaii has a pol­icy of grant­ing con­tracts to the low­est bid­der. How­ever, the low­est bid­der might not nec­es­sar­ily be the best for the job. Go­ing for­ward, we need to change this pol­icy.

Fac­tors such as time­li­ness and qual­ity of work done in past years should play a sig­nif­i­cant role in award­ing con­tracts.

Jas. W. Glover re­cently resur­faced miles of the Hawaii Belt Road, ef­fi­ciently, seam­lessly and in a timely man­ner.

Work done by Ise­moto Con­tract­ing on resur­fac­ing the Ko­mo­hana ex­ten­sion and Kame­hameha Street, was done well, though not as timely.

Does any­one in the county bear re­spon­si­bil­ity for over­sight?

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