Hawaii highways ranked nearly last among U.S. states

Published On: Jul 02 2013 10:43:59 AM HST

It's one of the busiest portions of the H-1 highway. But road conditions from Middle St. to near Ward Ave. are one of the worst. That's why the State Department of Transportation wants to overhaul it.


Hawaii's state highway system is ranked nearly last in the nation in overall highway performance and efficiency, according to the latest Annual Highway Report by the Reason Foundation.

Click here to read the report for Hawaii.

The latest data is from 2009.  Hawaii is ranked 48th out of the 50 states.

Hawaii has been in the bottom five performing systems in the Annual Highway Report each year since 2000, except 2004 when it finished 43rd in the nation.

This latest ranking is a slight decline from 2008 data, when it ranked 47th, and 2007 data, when it ranked 46th in the nation.

With 1,011 miles under the state-owned system, Hawaii is the smallest system in the nation.

In the latest findings, Hawaii ranked last in urban interstate pavement in poor condition, 49th in administrative costs per mile, 49th in deficient bridges, 28th in urban interstate congestion, 20th in fatality rate, and tied for first with no rural interstate mileage reported in poor condition.

Earlier this year, the state Department of Transportation addressed the problem of road conditions of our state highways.  The DOT says there is a large amount of work to be done and some of it is being planned or underway.

This fall, the state will advertise bids to resurface the Kalanianaole Highway from West Hind Drive to Hanauma Bay.

The state is also planning a resurfacing project for the Pali Highway in 2014 that is expected to cost $14 million.


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