LOS ANGELES, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Dakota does the best job maintaining its roads and bridges and New Jersey has the worst-performing, least cost-effective highway system in the nation, according to an annual study that measures each state's road conditions and expenditures. Massachusetts' roads are the safest; Montana's are the deadliest. Across the country, 24.1 percent of bridges are deficient or functionally obsolete. In Rhode Island an astonishing 53 percent of bridges are deficient. At our current rate of repair it will take 62 years for today's deficient bridges to be brought up to date. California has the worst traffic congestion: 83 percent of its urban interstates are congested. But other states are becoming increasingly gridlocked too: 18 states report at least half of their urban interstates are jammed. Even South Dakota has traffic congestion now. Reason Foundation's 17th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems measures the condition of all state-owned roads and highways from 1984 to 2006. The study calculates the effectiveness and performance of each state in 12 different categories, including pavement condition, bridge condition, traffic fatalities, congestion, highway maintenance costs, and administrative costs. Ranking State Highway Systems on Performance and Cost-Effectiveness 1. North Dakota 2. Montana 3. New Mexico 4. Wyoming 5. Kansas 6. South Carolina 7. South Dakota 8. Nebraska 9. Kentucky 10. Georgia 11. Oregon 12. Texas 13. Missouri 14. Idaho 15. Indiana 16. Virginia 17. Ohio 18. Minnesota 19. Tennessee 20. Nevada 21. Wisconsin 22. Maine 23. North Carolina 24. West Virginia 25. Utah 26. Arizona 27. Arkansas 28. Delaware 29. Alabama 30. Vermont 31. Colorado 32. Iowa 33. Oklahoma 34. Illinois 35. Connecticut 36. Pennsylvania 37. Maryland 38. Mississippi 39. Washington 40. Louisiana 41. Florida 42. Michigan 43. Massachusetts 44. California 45. New York 46. New Hampshire 47. Hawaii 48. Rhode Island 49. Alaska 50. New Jersey Full Report Online Reason Foundation's 17th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems (1984-2006), is online at http://reason.org/ps369/. About Reason Foundation Reason Foundation (www.reason.org) is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets.
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