Hawaii’s Roads and Highways the Nation’s Worst, Report Reveals
|To the other 49 states, Hawaii is seen as an island paradise boasting pristine beaches and perfect surfing opportunities.However, this perception probably disappears as soon as one tries to drive on one of Hawaii’s roads or highways.
According to a September 18 Honolulu Star Adviser article, Hawaii’s road system recently ranked as the worst in the U.S. in an annually published report from the Reason Foundation.
In addition to being America’s least cost-efficient road system, Hawaii’s highways are also the worst for congestion, deficient bridges and pavement conditions, according to the Star Adviser.
The Reason Foundation’s report states that the state of Hawaii spent approximately $90,000 per mile of state road on administrative costs, rather than much-needed road repairs. In comparison, Texas spent less than $4,000 per mile on the same thing; for Kentucky, the amount dropped to less than $1,000 per mile.
“I know we could be doing a much better job,” Republican state Sen. Sam Slom told the Star Adviser. “But I think there’s a lack of oversight in terms of how the money’s doled out and what the results are.”
With the state’s prioritized investment on office expenses rather than proper maintenance and repair for its roads, the likelihood of observing proper forklift battery procedures, such as never allowing the battery’s charge to go under 20%, declines significantly.
While current road conditions leave much to be desired, Honolulu city councilman told the Star Adviser that there could be improvements made very soon — as the city and county of Honolulu are currently undertaking a five-year plan that will repave and repair 300 miles of road each year, reversing previous years of neglect.