YouTube channel Top Luxury selected five expensive megaprojects from around the world that were abandoned, significantly delayed, remain almost empty to this day, and cost way more than the initial estimate.
The first megaproject outlined in Top Luxury’s video is the six-lane Interstate H-3 that links Honolulu to the east side of Oʻahu in Hawaii. While the project was proposed in 1960, it was not completed until 1997 and cost $1.3 billion instead of the $250 million that was initially planned, Hawaii Magazine reports. The delay was mostly due to significant environmental and cultural concerns from Native Hawaiians, which were eventually dismissed. While Top Luxury described Interstate H-3 as a “useless project,” it is hardly the case as many commenters explained below the video. It is a well-used highway and is considered one of the easiest ways to get around the island.