Study Ranks States on Road Conditions and Cost-Effectiveness

North Dakota, Montana and New Mexico have best highway systems; New

Jersey, Alaska and Rhode Island have the worst; Deficient bridges would

take 62 years to fix at current repair rate

Jul 31, 2008, 01:00 ET from Reason Foundation

    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
     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
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