Special Report

States That Are Falling Apart

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29. Indiana
> Roadway in poor condition: 8.6% (8th lowest)
> Structurally deficient bridges: 6.2% of bridges (21st lowest)
> Locomotive derailments from 2015-2019: 215 (5.7 per 100 miles of track — 11th most out of 49 states)
> State highway spending per licensed driver: $556 (22nd lowest)

One of only eight states where less than 10% of roadway is in poor condition, Indiana’s roads are less likely to be in need of maintenance than roads in most states. A smaller than average share of bridges in the state are also in need of repair or replacement, as just 6.2% are considered structurally deficient, compared to 7.6% of bridges nationwide.

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28. Delaware
> Roadway in poor condition: 13.8% (15th lowest)
> Structurally deficient bridges: 3.9% of bridges (8th lowest)
> Locomotive derailments from 2015-2019: 15 (6.2 per 100 miles of track — 9th most out of 49 states)
> State highway spending per licensed driver: $623 (19th highest)

Delaware’s roads and bridges are in relatively good condition compared to most U.S. states. However, the state’s rail lines appear to be in less than optimal condition. There have been 15 train derailments in the state between 2015 and 2019, the ninth highest number of derailments per mile of track among states.

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27. Utah
> Roadway in poor condition: 25.3% (17th highest)
> Structurally deficient bridges: 2.2% of bridges (4th lowest)
> Locomotive derailments from 2015-2019: 79 (5.7 per 100 miles of track — 10th most out of 49 states)
> State highway spending per licensed driver: $617 (21st highest)

Utah’s bridges are in much better condition than its roads. Just 2.2% of bridges in Utah are designated as being in poor condition by the FHWA, the fourth lowest share of any state and much lower than the 7.6% share of bridges nationwide. However, more than a quarter of the state’s roads are in poor condition, the 17th highest share among states and higher than the 21.8% of roads in poor condition across the country.

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26. Wyoming
> Roadway in poor condition: 11.2% (10th lowest)
> Structurally deficient bridges: 8.2% of bridges (21st highest)
> Locomotive derailments from 2015-2019: 86 (4.6 per 100 miles of track — 23rd most out of 49 states)
> State highway spending per licensed driver: $1,271 (3rd highest)

Wyoming spends the equivalent of $1,271 per licensed driver on its highways, more than all but two other states. Additionally, as one of the least densely populated states in the country, and one that rarely has serious traffic congestion, Wyoming’s roads have less wear and tear attributable to usage than most states. Due in part to these factors, just 11.2% of roadway in Wyoming is in poor condition, nearly half the 21.8% share of roadway nationwide.

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25. Arkansas
> Roadway in poor condition: 26.3% (13th highest)
> Structurally deficient bridges: 4.6% of bridges (11th lowest)
> Locomotive derailments from 2015-2019: 118 (4.7 per 100 miles of track — 20th most out of 49 states)
> State highway spending per licensed driver: $705 (16th highest)

A larger share of Arkansas’ bridges is in good condition compared to the U.S. as a whole. However, 26.3% of the state’s roadways are in poor condition, the 13th highest share among states.