Hawaii roads rank 48th in performance, efficiency

HONOLULU (AP) - A new study ranks Hawaii's roads 48th in the nation.

The Reason Foundation's Annual Highway Report says Hawaii's state-maintained system ranks second from the bottom in performance and efficiency and suffered the worst rate of decline in the nation from 1989 to 2009.

The nonprofit group says Hawaii's roads have the worst pavement conditions of all 50 states.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday Hawaii received the dismal rankings despite having the smallest state highway system in the nation and spending nearly the most on road maintenance.

The study also ranks Hawaii 49th for its number of deficient bridges.

State transportation officials acknowledge highways need serious improvements. A department spokeswoman says higher shipping costs force Hawaii to spend more on construction.

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