According To Survey Road Conditions Have Improved

According to the Reason Foundation’s Annual Report, road conditions across the country have generally improved in 11 categories including pavement condition, urban traffic congestion and deficient bridges. The study’s is based on data states reported to the federal government in 2009. This is the most recent year with full spending statistics available.

The 11 categories measured in this report included pavement condition on urban and rural interstates, urban traffic congestion, deficient bridges, unsafe narrow lanes, traffic fatalities, total spending per mile of state roads and administrative costs per mile. There was small progress nationwide on every category except for pavement condition on rural arterial roads.

Even though there have been improvements states such as New Jersey and California are still plagued with problems. New Jersey spends 1.2 million per mile on state controlled roads while California spends the next biggest amount at $679,00 per mile. More than 16% of urban state pavement in each of those states is in poor condition. Only Hawaii ranks worse with 27% of its urban interstate pavement rated as poor.

California’s other issue is traffic congestion. 80 % of the states urban interstates are congested. Minnesota has the next highest percentage of congestion as 78 % of the urban interstates are deemed congested.

As far as overall ratings of all states in terms of road conditions and cost effectiveness, North Dakota has the country’s top ranked state controlled road system followed by Kansas and Wyoming. The lowest ranked state was Alaska, preceeded by Rhode Island and Hawaii. A complete list of state ranks is attached below :

  1. North Dakota
  2. Kansas
  3. Wyoming
  4. New Mexico
  5. Montana
  6. Nebraska
  7. South Carolina
  8. Missouri
  9. South Dakota
  10. Mississippi
  11. Texas
  12. Georgia
  13. Oregon
  14. Kentucky
  15. Virginia
  16. Nevada
  17. Idaho
  18. New Hampshire
  19. North Carolina
  20. Delaware
  21. Tennessee
  22. Indiana
  23. Arizona
  24. Washington
  25. Ohio
  26. Utah
  27. Alabama
  28. Vermont
  29. Maine
  30. Michigan
  31. Wisconsin
  32. West Virginia
  33. Iowa
  34. Illinois
  35. Louisiana
  36. Arkansas
  37. Florida
  38. Oklahoma
  39. Pennsylvania
  40. Maryland
  41. Colorado
  42. Minnesota
  43. Massachusetts
  44. Connecticut
  45. New York
  46. New Jersey
  47. California
  48. Hawaii
  49. Rhode Island
  50. Alaska

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