Gov. Ige puts stop to major highway expansion projects

Published: Aug. 3, 2016 at 8:59 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. David Ige's is defending his decision to delay several highway projects aimed at increasing capacity and reducing traffic congestion, saying the state needs to focus more on maintaining the roads.

Ige tells The Honolulu Star-Advertiser the large-scale projects he's decided to defer indefinitely are costly and the state Department of Transpiration should shift its focus. He says his administration will consider cheaper options that would allow the state to "use existing infrastructure more efficiently."

The decision comes at a time when public opinion polls show traffic congestion has been near the top of Hawaii voters' concerns. Many projects being deferred were also promised to communities years ago.

One of the dozens of highway projects being deferred is the $160 million widening of Highway 130 on the Big Island.

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