Report: Hawaii’s infrastructure ranks among worst in nation

Report: Hawaii's infrastructure ranks among worst in nation

By Kimi Andrew HNN Summer Intern

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- Hawaii has the second-worst infrastructure in the country, according to a new analysis.

24/7 Wall St., an online financial analysis firm, rated state infrastructure based on the share of bridges, roads and dams that are in need of updates or are potentially hazardous.

Hawaii's ranking found that 16.1 percent of roads are in poor condition — the 6th worst in the country — and 93.2 percent of dams are at high hazard risk.

These numbers contrast with those of Florida, the state with the "best" infrastructure, which has only 1.3 percent of roads in poor condition and 6.3 percent of dams at high hazard risk.

Nationally, seven out of every 100 miles of U.S. roadway are in poor condition, 9 percent of bridges nationwide are structurally deficient – meaning they are in need of some repair – and 17 percent of dams in the country have a high potential for hazard.

Kristina Swallow, 2018 president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, said poor infrastructure affects everyone.

"It's hurting our economy, it's hurting our communities' ability to grow, it's hurting our quality of life, and in some cases, there are public safety concerns," she said. "Our infrastructure is not meeting our needs."

Swallow also said much of the country's infrastructure was built more than a century ago and simply was not designed to meet the demands of today's population.

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