Louisiana ranks in top 10 of states with horrible infrastructure

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The nation’s infrastructure is frequently talked about at political campaign rallies. The promise of better roads, funding and jobs created from infrastructure projects are key ticket items. They’re right about the nation needing infrastructure improvements: a Federal Highway Administration reports show 61% of the country’s highways are in fair to poor condition. Transportation for America estimates a cost of $231 billion a year to keep our existing road network in acceptable repair.

Taxpayer funded highway capital delegated for states to maintain roads isn’t enough to cover necessary repairs. Many states are spending the majority of their highway capital on expansion instead of maintenance of roads. At this rate, it becomes a never ending game of maintenance catch up. On top of taxpayer dollars, it’s estimated that driving on roads in poor condition costs motorists $120 billion in vehicle repairs and operating costs. That’s $533 per driver.

Maintaining quality roads in a given state is a matter of priority and delegation of funds. While analyzing FHA data, we found a correlation between states that use funds to maintain roads and states that rank well overall for road infrastructure. States with poor road infrastructure had higher costs per driver and typically poor road conditions across the board.

We here at QuoteWizard analyzed Federal Highway Administration data to rank states on overall quality of road infrastructure. Rankings are a composite score based on a state’s rating in:

  • Percentage of poor condition roads
  • Annual cost per motorist due to roads in need of repair
  • Percentage of structurally deficient bridges

Rankings 1 to 50 with first being worst overall road infrastructure and 50th being best overall road infrastructure. Also included, but not part of the ranking factors, is the percentage of state highway spending on road repairs to show which states are addressing the problem.

Rank (worst)State% roads in poor conditionCost per motorist% bridges structurally deficient% of spending on road repairs
1Rhode Island53$823232
2Oklahoma33$9001427
3West Virginia31$7231819
4Mississippi30$820114
5Pennsylvania30$6101822
6New Jersey34$703857
7California45$862635
8Missouri23$6991220
9Louisiana25$6241422
10New Mexico31$768639
11Wisconsin29$736833
12Connecticut34$676721
13Hawaii42$764531
14Michigan24$6451054
15Massachusetts3$627923
16Maine22$5291365
17New Hampshire25$5251045
18South Dakota14$5631869
19South Carolina18$557932
20Washington29$643421
21New York195091043
22Illinois19$58684
23Colorado22$637530
24Alaska20$4501039
25Utah22$694226
26North Dakota10$4791468
27Kansas10$591833
28Ohio18$54464
29Iowa9$3622040
30Nebraska7$4661453
31Alabama14$506741
32Arizona19$576215
33Montana11$472945
34Minnesota15$542531
35Indiana13$480720
36North Carolina13$3361011
37Texas11$682115
38Delaware19$486419
39Arkansas9$543519
40Kentucky10$434730
41Nevada14$536121
42Wyoming8$356954
43Vermont17$418546
44Idaho5$427836
45Virginia10$430519
46Maryland11$356520
47Oregon7$268525
48Florida8$351237
49Georgia5$275434
50Tennessee5$194416

Data courtesy of quotewizard.com.

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