Most Useless Megaprojects in the World

Did you know that there is a capital city built for millions of people? But it’s practically empty. And there are megaprojects on which the U.S. has wasted $17 billion that was never used and remain totally useless today.

Today we look at five of the world’s most expensive megaprojects.

5. Interstate H-3, Hawaii

Let’s start with the impressive highways of Aloha Hawaii. The 16 miles long H-3 highway cuts through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

The highway was proposed in 1960 from a defense perspective. It connects Pearl Harbor Naval Base and the Marine Corps Air Station to the south. of the East Coast. As soon as construction was announced, environmental groups and Native Hawaiians opposed the project, fearing the massive urbanization it would entail.

Environmental laws at the time, as well as the need to change the route to protect the surrounding valleys, delayed the project indefinitely. Twenty-six years later, when Congress exempted the project from environmental laws, the environmental obstacles were removed, paving the way for construction to begin in 1989.

The highway finally opened to traffic in 1997, some 37 years after its conception. H-3 is often considered an engineering marvel due to the difficult terrain and advanced technology used in its construction.

In addition to the numerous high-tech tunnels, the highway runs almost entirely on viaducts, protecting the local valley environment. Decades of delays, detours and the introduction of expensive new technologies have caused the project to cost more than five times the original budget.

The total cost of the project is $1.3 billion, about 50 million lbs. per kilometer, the most expensive in the world. Despite the huge budget, this beautiful highway is not for everyone. It has been criticized as a “road to nowhere” due to EU defense considerations.

The 1960s needs are no longer relevant and the highway does not lead directly to downtown Honolulu. In addition, most Native Hawaiians still refuse to use H-3 today. To this day. They consider it “cursed” because many cultural institutions of religious significance were destroyed during its completion. Although H-3 is a success among megaprojects, for some indigenous groups it is “unnecessary”. At least it is not completely abandoned like the next project.

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