Alabama’s highways rank 20th in condition, cost-effectiveness

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Alabama ranks 20th in the nation when it comes to overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness, according to the 22nd annual Highway Report released on Thursday by the Los Angeles-based libertarian think tank, Reason Foundation.

That’s up one spot from last year’s report, when Alabama ranked 21st in the nation.

The study ranks every state’s highway system on pavement condition, traffic congestion, deficient bridges, traffic fatality rates, spending per-mile among others, based  on spending and performance data that state highway agencies provided to the federal government for 2013, as well as 2014 congestion data from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

“To determine relative performance, state highway system budgets (per mile of responsibility) are compared with system performance, state by state. States with high ratings typically have better-than-average highway system conditions — low numbers of deficient bridges and smooth pavement conditions — along with relatively low per-mile expenditures on metrics such as administrative costs,” the report reads.

Other Alabama rankings in the report included:  

  • Fatality rate: 36th
  • Deficient bridges: 25th
  • Rural Interstate pavement condition: 34th
  • Urban Interstate pavement condition: 37th
  • Urbanized area congestion: 9th
  • Rural arterial lane-width: 6th
  • Rural arterial pavement condition: 16th
  • Total disbursements per mile: 27th
  • Administrative disbursements per mile: 35th

Alabama’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 26th largest system.

Here’s how Alabama compares to other states:

  1. South Carolina
  2. South Dakota
  3. Kansas
  4. Nebraska
  5. Maine
  6. Montana
  7. North Dakota
  8. Wyoming
  9. Ohio
  10. Mississippi
  11. New Mexico
  12. Missouri
  13. Utah
  14. Kentucky
  15. North Carolina
  16. Idaho
  17. Oklahoma
  18. Tennessee
  19. Texas
  20. Alabama
  21. Georgia
  22. Nevada
  23. Oregon
  24. Arizona
  25. West Virginia
  26. New Hampshire
  27. Minnesota
  28. Wisconsin
  29. Illinois
  30. Virginia
  31. Michigan
  32. Florida
  33. Arkansas
  34. Louisiana
  35. Colorado
  36. Indiana
  37. Delaware
  38. Maryland
  39. Pennsylvania
  40. Iowa
  41. Vermont
  42. California
  43. Washington
  44. Connecticut
  45. New York
  46. Massachusetts
  47. Rhode Island
  48. Hawaii
  49. New Jersey
  50. Alaska


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