Gas use down 18%, County highway fund takes a hit from less driving

  • Allocation of local road improvements is based on miles of local roads in each district. (Hawaii County Finance Department)

  • Traffic heads south on Kuakini Highway Friday evening in Kailua-Kona. Drivers used about 18% less gasoline during a pandemic year that translated to fewer commutes and fewer tourists. It also translated to less money for road repair. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Drivers used about 18% less gasoline during a pandemic year that translated to fewer commutes and fewer tourists. It also translated to less money for road repair for projects like widening Kuakini Highway between Hualalai Road and Hawaii Belt Road. Seen here is the intersection of Kuakini Highway and Hualalai Road where southbound traffic is reduced from two lanes to one. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii Island motorists just weren’t heeding the call of the open road much last year.