As each new presidential administration moves into Washington, there are conversations about America’s crumbling infrastructure. Thousands of bridges are overdue for repair, and some are deemed dangerous. The same is true with many of the nation’s dams.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways, which accounts for most of the country’s major highways, is now well over a half-century old. It covers 46,876 miles, and much of it has become a patchwork of repairs. Furthermore, there are tens of thousands of more miles of state and local highway systems.
In short, to bring America’s infrastructure up to date would require trillions of dollars, years of work and a workforce of millions of people.
The Reason Foundation has just published its 25th Annual Highway Report. The research used a straightforward methodology:
To determine relative performance across the country, state highway system budgets (per mile of responsibility) are compared with system performance, state by state.
States with high ratings typically have better-than-average system conditions (good for
road users) along with relatively low per-mile expenditures (good for taxpayers).
Rural states tend to be at the top of the rankings. The top five spots are occupied by North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky and Idaho.
The worst-rated states tend to be more urban. With the exception of Alaska, the bottom of the list is made up of New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington.
These are the states rated from best to worst in 2018 overall highway performance rankings: