Local Connection: Bad Roads

Local Connection: Bad Roads

By: Rick Blangiardi

A new study shows that Hawaii is once again at the bottom of the heap when it comes to our terrible roads.

The reason foundation, a libertarian think tank, says our state has spent $90,000 on administrative costs for every mile of state roads, compared with $4,000 for Texas and $1,000 for Kentucky.

That's startling news but it should not surprise motorists who have driven in other states and found them more appealing and government more efficient. We are among the worst for congestion, deficient bridges and bad pavement.

As the rail project makes its way across Oahu, roadwork will be the norm and traffic conditions will worsen. The city is in the middle of a five-year plan to repave 300 miles of roads, which should have been done much earlier.

Hawaii is worst in highway performance and cost-effectiveness of roads, worst in urban pavement conditions and second to worst in rural pavement conditions and urban congestion.

These are 2012 numbers being counted and tabulated now but they were no better in the last two studies done for 2011 and 2009, when Hawaii ranked 49th and 48th respectively.

We make lots of lists, a lot of them good, but this is nothing to be proud of

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