The 10 Best State Highway Systems

How do the nation’s highways stack up? Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report ranks the performance of state highway systems in 11 categories, including pavement condition, deficient bridges, traffic congestion, fatality rates, spending per mile of state-controlled highway, and system administrative costs.

The significant differences between state highway systems are illustrated by the huge disparity in the spending per mile figures. West Virginia spent the least — $35,047 per mile of state-controlled highway, while New Jersey spent the most — $2,069,020 per mile of state-controlled highway.

Here’s a look at which states have done the best job on their highway systems.

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 1. North Dakota — North Dakota’s best rankings are maintenance disbursements per mile (3rd), urban Interstate pavement condition (3rd), rural Interstate pavement condition (4th) and urbanized area congestion (4th).
1. North Dakota — North Dakota’s best rankings are maintenance disbursements per mile (3rd), urban Interstate pavement condition (3rd), rural Interstate pavement condition (4th) and urbanized area congestion (4th).
 2. Kansas — Kansas’s best rankings are rural arterial pavement condition (6th), deficient bridges (6th) and rural Interstate pavement condition (10th).
2. Kansas — Kansas’s best rankings are rural arterial pavement condition (6th), deficient bridges (6th) and rural Interstate pavement condition (10th).
 3. South Dakota — South Dakota’s best rankings are total disbursements per mile (4th), maintenance disbursements per mile (5th) and urbanized area congestion (5th).
3. South Dakota — South Dakota’s best rankings are total disbursements per mile (4th), maintenance disbursements per mile (5th) and urbanized area congestion (5th).
 4. Nebraska — Nebraska’s best rankings are administrative disbursements per mile (2nd), rural arterial lane-width (9th), total disbursements per mile (10th), capital-bridge disbursements per mile (10th) and urbanized area congestion (10th).
4. Nebraska — Nebraska’s best rankings are administrative disbursements per mile (2nd), rural arterial lane-width (9th), total disbursements per mile (10th), capital-bridge disbursements per mile (10th) and urbanized area congestion (10th).
 5. South Carolina — South Carolina’s best rankings are capital-bridge disbursements per mile (1st), total disbursements per mile (2nd), and administrative disbursements per mile (6th).
5. South Carolina — South Carolina’s best rankings are capital-bridge disbursements per mile (1st), total disbursements per mile (2nd), and administrative disbursements per mile (6th).
 6. Montana — Montana’s best rankings are total disbursements per mile (6th), capital-bridge disbursements per mile (8th), maintenance disbursements per mile (8th) and urban Interstate pavement condition (8th).
6. Montana — Montana’s best rankings are total disbursements per mile (6th), capital-bridge disbursements per mile (8th), maintenance disbursements per mile (8th) and urban Interstate pavement condition (8th).
 7. Idaho — Idaho’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (7th), rural arterial pavement condition (12th) and administrative disbursements per mile (13th).
7. Idaho — Idaho’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (7th), rural arterial pavement condition (12th) and administrative disbursements per mile (13th).
 8. Wyoming — Wyoming’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (1st), rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), total disbursements per mile (9th) and maintenance disbursements per mile (9th).
8. Wyoming — Wyoming’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (1st), rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), total disbursements per mile (9th) and maintenance disbursements per mile (9th).
 9. Missouri — Missouri’s best rankings are administrative disbursements per mile (3rd), capital-bridge disbursements per mile (3rd) and total disbursements per mile (5th).
9. Missouri — Missouri’s best rankings are administrative disbursements per mile (3rd), capital-bridge disbursements per mile (3rd) and total disbursements per mile (5th).
 10. Utah — Utah’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), deficient bridges (3rd) and rural arterial pavement condition (8th).
10. Utah — Utah’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), deficient bridges (3rd) and rural arterial pavement condition (8th).

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