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Photos: Coutesy Hawaii State Department of Transportation.



H-3 Opens

December 12, 1997

The H-3 Freeway may be just 16.1 miles long, but it was gargantuan in just about every other respect. By the time it opened in 1997, the project had involved eight state directors of transportation, a seemingly endless parade of court challenges, injunctions and protests by environmental and Hawaiian groups, a 4-foot stack of environmental impact studies a decade of actual construction, and $1.3 billion in construction costs. To this day, it remains the largest construction and public works project ever completed by the state.