The Reason Foundation has released their 22nd Annual Highway Report, which ranks the United State’s highway systems by state, in terms of performance and cost effectiveness.

The report tracks performance in 11 categories including highway spending, pavement and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, and fatality rates.

Highlights from the Report

The results from the 22nd Annual Highway Report show that most states are making some small progress with their state highway systems, while a small group of states are struggling and failing to improve.

Nationally, pavement conditions in several categories worsened slightly, finding that some of the nation’s worst highway problems are concentrated in a few states.

The percentage of deficient bridges across the country are decreasing however, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island report at more than 1/3 of their bridges are still deficient or functionally obsolete.

A reduction in traffic fatalities has been a long-term success story with just four states reporting fatality rates greater than 1.5 per 100 million vehicle-miles traveled, Montana, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia.

The Top 10 State Highway Systems

  1. South Carolina
  2. South Dakota
  3. Kansas
  4. Nebraska
  5. Maine
  6. Montana
  7. North Dakota
  8. Wyoming
  9. Ohio
  10. Mississippi

The 10 Worst State Highway Systems

  1. Alaska
  2. New Jersey
  3. Hawaii
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New York
  7. Connecticut
  8. Washington
  9. California
  10. Iowa

Read the 22nd Annual Highway Report in full.

*Source The Reason Foundation