Mississippi inches up in Top 10 in annual report on highways


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).

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: 

1. Wyoming 

2. Nebraska 

3. South Dakota 

4. South Carolina 

5. Kansas 

6. North Dakota 

7. New Mexico 

8. Mississippi 

9. Montana 

10. Kentucky 

11. Texas 

12. Missouri 

13. Georgia 

14. Ohio 

15. Wisconsin 

16. Maine 

17. Tennessee 

18. Iowa 

19. Arizona 

20. North Carolina 

21. Alabama 

22. Oklahoma 

23. New Hampshire 

24. Nevada 

25. Virginia 

26. Oregon 

27. Illinois 

28. Minnesota 

29. Utah

30. Idaho 

31. Florida 

32. Michigan 

33. Colorado 

34. West Virginia 

35. Arkansas 

36. Indiana 

37. Delaware 

38. Vermont 

39. Maryland 

40. Louisiana 

41. Pennsylvania 

42. Washington 

43. New York 

44. Connecticut 

45. California 

46. Massachusetts 

47. Rhode Island 

48. New Jersey 

49. Alaska 

50. Hawaii