A new report for all 50 states for rural fatality rates, road and bridge conditions says Hawaii is not doing very well.

The report, from the nonprofit, national transportation research group TRIP, finds that rural roads and bridges in Hawaii “have significant deficiencies and a high rate of traffic fatalities.”

In 2012, 32 percent of Hawaii’s major rural roads were rated in poor condition, “the fourth highest rate nationally,” says TRIP.

In 2013, 19 percent of Hawaii’s rural bridges were rated as structurally deficient, “which is the sixth highest rate in the nation.”

Laniakea Beach North Shore traffic

Laniakea on Oahu’s North Shore.

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Meanwhile, the traffic fatality rate on Hawaii’s non-Interstate rural roads was 2.48 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel in 2012, “the 12th highest in the nation and more than two-and-a-half-times higher than the fatality rate of 0.89 on all other roads in the state.”

There was some good news in the report, however.

“Hawaii recognizes that it has deferred road and bridge maintenance issues” said Jon Young, executive director of the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry, in a press release today from TRIP.  “The current state and county administrations are proactively working on closing this gap.”

Young pointing to the City and County of Honolulu having consultants “that regularly perform inspections of their bridges and based on the findings of these inspections, projects are prepared and submitted for rehabilitation funding.”

Honolulu has also maintained its “aggressive 5-year paving program.”

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