New Report: California Improves to 45th in Highway Condition, Cost-Effectiveness Rankings

Sept. 21, 2014

Los Angeles (September 18, 2014) – California ranks 45th in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is a slight improvement over 2011 when California ranked 46th and over 2009 when the state ranked 47th.

California’s highways rank 9th in fatality rate, 1st in the percentage of deficient bridges, 46th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 49th in urban Interstate pavement condition and 46th in urban Interstate congestion.

On spending, California ranks 46th in total disbursements per mile and 47th in administrative disbursements per mile.

California’s best rankings are deficient bridges (1st), fatality rate (9th) and narrow rural arterial lanes (33rd).

California’s worst rankings are maintenance disbursements per mile (49th) and urban Interstate pavement condition (49th).

California’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 11th largest system.

California’s Complete Results

Overall Rank in 2012: 45th

Overall Rank in 2011: 46th

Overall Rank in 2009: 47th

Performance by Category in 2012

Total Disbursements per Mile 46

Capital and Bridge Disbursements per Mile 45

Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 49

Administrative Disbursements per Mile 47

Rural Interstate Pavement Condition 46

Rural Arterial Pavement Condition 35

Urban Interstate Pavement Condition 49

Urban Interstate Congestion 46

Deficient Bridges 1

Fatality Rate 9

Narrow Rural Arterial Lanes 33

Overall Performance 45

For more on your state’s results, visit:

The complete Annual Highway Report is here:

Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report is based on the most recent spending and performance data submitted by state highway agencies to the federal government.