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Tennessee, Georgia and Florida best in Nation for Road Infrastructure

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by Adam Johnson

States with Best & the Worst Road Infrastructure

(data analyzed Federal Highway Administration)

Key Findings:

  • Rhode Island, Oklahoma and West Virginia top in nation for worst road infrastructure.

  • Tennessee, Georgia and Florida best in nation for road infrastructure.

    States with the Worst Road Infrastructure
  • Top 10 states with the Worst infrastructure costs drivers an annual average of $752 from poor road conditions.

  • Top 5 states with the worst infrastructure spend below the national average of 30% on road repairs.

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 condition

Cost per motorist

% bridges structurally deficient

% of spending on road repairs

1

Rhode Island

53

$823

23

2

2

Oklahoma

33

$900

14

27

3

West Virginia

31

$723

18

19

4

Mississippi

30

$820

11

4

5

Pennsylvania

30

$610

18

22

6

New Jersey

34

$703

8

57

7

California

45

$862

6

35

8

Missouri

23

$699

12

20

9

Louisiana

25

$624

14

22

10

New Mexico

31

$768

6

39

11

Wisconsin

29

$736

8

33

12

Connecticut

34

$676

7

21

13

Hawaii

42

$764

5

31

14

Michigan

24

$645

10

54

15

Massachusetts

3

$627

9

23

16

Maine

22

$529

13

65

17

New Hampshire

25

$525

10

45

18

South Dakota

14

$563

18

69

19

South Carolina

18

$557

9

32

20

Washington

29

$643

4

21

21

New York

19

509

10

43

22

Illinois

19

$586

8

4

23

Colorado

22

$637

5

30

24

Alaska

20

$450

10

39

25

Utah

22

$694

2

26

26

North Dakota

10

$479

14

68

27

Kansas

10

$591

8

33

28

Ohio

18

$544

6

4

29

Iowa

9

$362

20

40

30

Nebraska

7

$466

14

53

31

Alabama

14

$506

7

41

32

Arizona

19

$576

2

15

33

Montana

11

$472

9

45

34

Minnesota

15

$542

5

31

35

Indiana

13

$480

7

20

36

North Carolina

13

$336

10

11

37

Texas

11

$682

1

15

38

Delaware

19

$486

4

19

39

Arkansas

9

$543

5

19

40

Kentucky

10

$434

7

30

41

Nevada

14

$536

1

21

42

Wyoming

8

$356

9

54

43

Vermont

17

$418

5

46

44

Idaho

5

$427

8

36

45

Virginia

10

$430

5

19

46

Maryland

11

$356

5

20

47

Oregon

7

$268

5

25

48

Florida

8

$351

2

37

49

Georgia

5

$275

4

34

50

Tennessee

5

$194

4

16

Methodology

We 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 from roads in need of repair and percentage of structurally deficient bridges. Rankings 1 to 50 are from 1st as worst overall road infrastructure and 50th as best overall road infrastructure.