The Department of Public Works is continuing its priority repairs to potholes caused by recent heavy rains and flooding in the Makawao and Wailuku Districts. 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 […]