The average American drives close to 13,500 miles a year, and with many roads and bridges across the country being below subpar level, the U.S. Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that will improve the country’s aging roads and bridges. – The infrastructure spending will also chart a course for a clear energy future and entail the expansion of broadband, provide replacement of harmful lead-piped drinking water systems, add new sewer systems, and expand and modernize passenger rail and transit systems. Uplift Legal Funding compiled a list of states where roads are in the worst condition, using data from the White House Infrastructure Fact Sheet. States were issued an infrastructure report card and graded based on the conditions of its roads and bridges. The White House details the significant investment needs taking into account the regional variations when it comes to road quality, funding commuting patterns as well as other factors.
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Using the fact sheet and 2019 data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Uplift identified the states with the lowest percentage of acceptable roads. Acceptable road condition is determined by a road’s score on the international roughness index, a measure determining the smoothness of the road’s surface.
Read on to see how well your state maintains its roads, or see the top 15 here.
New Mexico by the numbers
– Percent of road mileage in acceptable condition: 68.5% (8,293.1 miles)
– Total road mileage: 12,115.1 miles
New Mexico’s rural roads are some of the worst in the country, costing each driver $767 per year. These poor road conditions affect food distributors who need to move their products to market as well as the state’s energy sector. New Mexico has 207 bridges and more than 3,822 miles of highway in less than subpar condition.
Nearly $2.5 billion has been apportioned for the state’s roads in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to help with greater traffic on its roadways. A TRIP report states, “Vehicle travel on New Mexico’s interstates increased 18% from 2000 to 2019.”
In addition to being frustrating, poor road conditions are linked to reduced safety, more traffic, and increased vehicle costs. Idaho however has proven to be proficient in its road maintenance with 96.4% of its road mileage in acceptable condition. Wyoming also has a positive rating with 94.7% of its road mileage in good condition.
Keep reading to see which states have the best and worst road conditions.
States where roads are in the best condition
#1. Idaho: 96.4% (3,968.0 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#2. Wyoming: 94.7% (6,793.6 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#3. Tennessee: 94.7% (4,800.1 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
States where roads are in the worst condition
#1. Rhode Island: 49.7% (849.2 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#2. New Jersey: 53% (4,081.8 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#3. Hawaii: 57.2% (889.5 miles) of roads in acceptable condition