Annual Reason Foundation Report Ranks State Highway Systems

AASHTO Journal, 19 September 2014

A new report from the Reason Foundation argues that the overall condition of the nation’s transportation system improved from 2009 to 2012, but rural Interstate pavement condition and rural arterial pavement condition worsened.

The Reason annual rankings of state highway systems compares state highway budgets with state system performance. The states with the highest ratings tend to have better than average systems with low per-mile expenditures, the report said.

“Many of the easiest repairs and fixes to state highway and bridge systems have already been made and the rate of progress is slowing down,” said David T. Hartgen, lead author of the report, in a statement. “A widening gap also seems to be emerging between states that are still making improvements and a few states that are really falling behind on highway maintenance and repairs.”

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