The Reason Foundation’s 17th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems measures the performance 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 traffic fatalities, congestion, pavement condition, bridge condition, highway maintenance costs, and administrative costs. Here are some snippets from the report:
Mississippi fell from 25th to 38th in the cost effectiveness ranking;
For the third consecutive year, Massachusetts had the safest highways (0.785 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled), while Montana’s were the deadliest for the second straight year (2.364 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled);
Of the nearly 600,000 highway bridges in the country, 24.1 percent were reported deficient and/or functionally obsolete in 2006, a minor improvement from 2005 when 25.5 were deemed deficient… At the current rate of repair it will take 62 years for today’s deficient bridges to be brought up to date;
New Jersey, which has ranked last every year since 2000, continues to be the nation’s least cost-effective and worst-performing road system; and
North Dakota’s state-owned highway system is the nation’s most cost-effective, an honor the state has held since 2001.