Honolulu ranks high on yet another list — this time for the worst roads

Drivers spend an average of roughly $850 a year in repairs, a new report says.

Honolulu ranks high on yet another list — this time for the worst roads
(Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Honolulu has some of the worst roads in the nation, according to a new report.

The transportation research group TRIP compiled the report based on 2016 data from the Federal Highway Administration, highlighting the economic impacts of road infrastructure.

It ranked up to 20 cities with an urban population of more than 500,000 people.

Honolulu was ranked fifth for the worst roads, with 54 percent of highways and roads in poor condition.

And with poor road conditions mean more money spent on vehicle repairs.

The report found that drivers in Honolulu spend about $851 a year in repairs, the eighth highest city. That’s above the national average of $599.

The Bay Area — specifically San Francisco and Oakland — was the urban area with the worst roads. That’s where owners spent more than $1,000 on repairs.

Although the report did not indicate which specific roads it looked at, the City and County of Honolulu said it has jurisdiction over 3,517 lane miles of roadways across Oahu — but this does not include freeways and highways, which are under state jurisdiction.

The city, in response to the report, said it has repaved 2,000 lane miles of roads since January 2013 under Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s administration. That amount represents 57 percent of all roads the city is responsible for.

The state Department of Transportation also argued against the report, noting that since the report’s data only goes up to 2016, much improvement has been made to roads statewide since then.

A DOT spokesman said the Highways Division remains committed to system preservation projects — like reconstructing roads and replacement and rehabilitation of bridges— resulting in better road conditions.

These projects were implemented in 2016 and use 90 percent available funds to improve existing infrastructure.

The administration says it has since improved 400 miles of roadways statewide, including the H-1 Freeway and Farrington, Kalanianaole, Kahekili, Nimitz, Pali and Likelike Highways.

The report also provided some recommendations on how to improve the nation’s roads, including effective pothole patching.

Oahu has been notorious for pothole problems over the years. Most recently, the state Department of Transportation responded to a giant pothole in the H-1 zipper lane responsible for damaging at least nine vehicles in a day.

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