Special Report

States That Are Falling Apart

Methodology

To identify the states with the worst infrastructure, 24/7 Wall St. created an index accounting for the share in each state of roads in poor condition and the share of bridges classified as structurally deficient. The share of roadways in poor condition and the share of bridges considered structurally deficient came from the Federal Highway Administration’s report Highway Statistics 2017. Highway spending as a share of total government spending came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 Annual Survey of State Government Finances.