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Report: Hawaii has worst highways in nation

Report ranks Hawaii 50th among U.S. in overall highway conditions Report ranks Hawaii 50th among U.S. in overall highway conditions
By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A new study says Hawaii has the worst-performing highways in the nation.

The report by the Reason Foundation says Hawaii also has the least cost-effective highway system.

The libertarian think tank also ranked Hawaii among the worst for congestion, deficient bridges and pavement conditions.

The group says Hawaii spent $90,000 on administrative costs for every mile of state road. They say those high costs could be siphoning money away from road repairs.

By contrast, Texas spent less than $4,000 and Kentucky spent less than $1,000 per mile on office costs.

Republican state Sen. Sam Slom says Hawaii's residents are overtaxed. He says there's a lack of oversight for how the money's doled out and the results of the spending.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie declined to comment through a spokesman.

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