Report: Hawaii has worst highways in nation

Report: Hawaii has worst highways in nation

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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