Mississippi ranks 8th in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is an improvement over 2009 and 2011 when Mississippi ranked 10th, the foundation said in a news release today.
But, our highways are some of the deadliest in the nation as well.
Mississippi's best rankings are urban Interstate congestion (2nd), maintenance disbursements per mile (5th) and urban Interstate pavement condition (6th).
Mississippi's worst rankings are fatality rate (43rd) and rural Interstate pavement condition (30th).
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Mississippi, which has the 26th largest system, ranks 21st in deficient bridges, 30th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 6th in urban Interstate pavement condition and 2nd in urban Interstate congestion.
On spending, Mississippi ranks 15th in total disbursements per mile and 16th in administrative disbursements per mile.
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.
The overall performance and cost-effectiveness rankings are:
3. South Dakota
4. South Carolina
6. North Dakota
7. New Mexico
20. North Carolina
23. New Hampshire
34. West Virginia
43. New York
47. Rhode Island
48. New Jersey