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.
  • 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.