LOS ANGELES, July 31, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ --
North Dakota, Montana and New Mexico have best highway systems; New Jersey, Alaska and Rhode Island have the worst; Deficient bridges would take 62 years to fix at current repair rate
North Dakota does the best job maintaining its roads and bridges and New Jersey has the worst-performing, least cost-effective highway system in the nation, according to an annual study that measures each state's road conditions and expenditures.
Massachusetts' roads are the safest (so much for those Massholes!); Montana's are the deadliest. Across the country, 24.1 percent of bridges are deficient or functionally obsolete. In Rhode Island an astonishing 53 percent of bridges are deficient. At our current rate of repair it will take 62 years for today's deficient bridges to be brought up to date.
California has the worst traffic congestion: 83 percent of its urban interstates are congested. But other states are becoming increasingly gridlocked too: 18 states report at least half of their urban interstates are jammed. Even South Dakota has traffic congestion now.
Reason Foundation's 17th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems measures the condition of all state-owned roads and highways from 1984 to 2006. The study calculates the effectiveness and performance of each state in 12 different categories, including pavement condition, bridge condition, traffic fatalities, congestion, highway maintenance costs, and administrative costs.
Ranking State Highway Systems on Performance and Cost-Effectiveness
1. North Dakota
3. New Mexico
6. South Carolina
7. South Dakota
23. North Carolina
24. West Virginia
45. New York
46. New Hampshire
48. Rhode Island
50. New Jersey
Full Report Online - Reason Foundation's 17th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems (1984-2006), is online at http://reason.org/ps369/.
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