Which states have the worst roads?
A new study finds overall US conditions have improved slightly, but the regional picture features some hard driving.
This might sound a bit too optimistic, especially as you head out for a drive this summer, but a new national report says America's roads have improved -- slightly -- nationwide. The state-by-state picture, however, isn't so bright.
The Reason Foundation's Annual Highway Report tracks the performance of state-owned highway systems, looking at 11 indicators such as spending, pavement conditions on interstate and primary roads, fatality rates and other data submitted by state highway agencies to the feds.
In its 20th annual report, published Tuesday, the group found "small progress" in nearly every category and noted that the improvements came at a time when overall spending on roads and highways has decreased.
"It's hard to believe it when you hit a pothole or see a bridge in Washington collapse, but the nation's roads have been getting better," David Hartgen, author of the study and emeritus transportation professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, said in a press statement. He added: "There are still several states struggling and plenty of problem areas."
Speaking of struggling states, New Jersey and California -- not surprisingly -- are this year's poster children for bad roads. The Garden State spends $1.2 million per mile on its state-controlled roads, or nearly twice as much as California, No. 2 on that list. And considering more than 16% of urban interstate pavement in both California and New Jersey is listed in poor condition, drivers might be wondering where that funding is going.
The Golden State tops the list when it comes to the worst traffic: 80% of its urban interstates are considered congested.
Some other high and low points from the report:
North Dakota ranks No. 1 when it comes to state-controlled road systems, followed by Kansas, Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana.
At the bottom, in descending order, are New York, New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Alaska.
Vermont wins for the nation's most-improved road system, rising to 28th place from 42nd in the overall rankings. New Hampshire and Washington state both rose nine spots.
Minnesota fell 17 spots for its road conditions, from 25th to 42nd. It also had the second-highest percentage of gridlocked interstate systems after California.
The nation's lowest interstate fatality rate was in Massachusetts and the highest in Montana.
Here's the foundation's complete state highway list, based on overall performance and cost effectiveness:
1. North Dakota
4. New Mexico
7. South Carolina
9. South Dakota
18. New Hampshire
19. North Carolina
32. West Virginia
45. New York
46. New Jersey
49. Rhode Island
Everywhere except where it's needed.
PA EASILY has worse roads then Maryland or New Jersey. Driving on the highway you notice a huge improvement as soon as you cross the state line.
Minnesota fell 17 spots for its road conditions, not sh*t
Cause, libtards here spending all the road money on stupid bike lane creation, light rail to nowhere and now an idiotic trolley system.
Meanwhile trash all over the freeways, onramps closed for months on end because of no money to finish them and pot-holes everywhere.
Hopefully one day they get clued into the fact that MN has winter with many freeze thaws and stop building asphalt roads that fall apart in two years and go back to concrete.
494 should be entered in the Guinness book as largest parking lot in the world.
For those of you that are not aware of it, ND is the only state that has a State Bank. Yes, and in it is over a billion dollars (yes a billion) that is assessable to use for what ever ND needs to keep up everything and anything.
When it comes to spending money for crap like most states spend on, you would have to be a magician to squeeze one dime out of the legislators. The old Germans from Russia, and the old Scandinavians penny pinching is alive and well.
But when it comes to things like roads they will spend a penny or two to keep up the roads. Too boot the legislators have to put a certain amount of money into a special fund every two years. Keep up the good work!
No surprise here in RI. Just keep taxing at some of the highest levels in the country to pay for the special interest groups and nothing goes into making it better for infrastructure.
One thing for sure, RI is consistent in the fact that it is in the bottom of almost every poll.
I drive them often and my tires have suffered.
I live in KC about 100 yards form the border of Kansas and Missouri. It's kind of surprising to see Missouri so high, but not Kansas. We always joke that you can tell which state you are in by how smooth the road is. The difference in the quality of the highways is night and day.
the brain trust that came up with this report obviously has never been to Oklahoma!!!! Our roads are like goat trails ......HORRIBLE!!!!!
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