ConsumerAffairs has evaluated road conditions state by state and determined that Hawaii roads are not so great.

South Carolina has the worst roads in the U.S., followed by Louisiana.

“Residents of these states said the roads have potholes, illegible street signs and regular heavy congestion,” according to the survey.

ConsumerAffairs said it looked at the number of motor crash fatalities in each state and factored in the percentage of total capital spending toward roadway expansion and repair. It also surveyed folks directly about road conditions near them.

Bicyclist shares road with cars along Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki. 3.6.14 ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat
A bicyclist shares the road with cars along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki in 2014. PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Here are some excerpts about Hawaii, according to our own people:

  • Hawaii roads are congested, poorly marked and not consistently maintained. Respondents complained about “disappearing street lane marking” and “illegible” street names in Kapolei, congestion in Kapaa and “many tire-damaging roads” in Honolulu.
  • “[The roads] need regular pothole repair and repaving. Couple this with an average daily water main break that further destroys pavement, and you’ve got a mess,” according to a resident of Waianae. “Few dedicated bike lanes. Pedestrian crosswalks where they shouldn’t be. Bad lighting. Shoreline roads being impacted by rising rides. The list is long.”
  • A resident in Honolulu who rated the state’s roads as “terrible” implied that Hawaii’s road conditions might be improved if it weren’t for “government spending on [the] rail to nowhere,” apparently in reference to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s multibillion-dollar, 20-mile rail project on the west side of Oahu.

Of note: Hawaii has the fewest miles of roads (4,476) and spends the most per mile ($172) when compared to the rest of the U.S.

“A combination of heavy rainfall and thin asphalt might be to blame for the 42% of Hawaii roads in poor condition,” the survey explained.

Wyoming has the best roads in the U.S., followed by Kansas, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana.

“Many people commented on their governments’ quick seasonal weather cleanup,” the survey said.

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