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:
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
- New York
- Rhode Island
- New Jersey