Alaska ranks 50th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Alaska ranks 25th in fatality rate, 20th in deficient bridges, 48th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 31st in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 21st in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Alaska ranks 20th in total disbursements per mile and 23rd in administrative disbursements per mile.

Alaska’s best rankings are deficient bridges (20th), total disbursements per mile (20th), and urbanized area congestion (21st).

Alaska’s worst rankings are rural arterial pavement condition (50th) and rural Interstate pavement condition (48th).

Alaska’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 35th largest system.

Alaska’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 50
Overall Rank in 2012: 49
Overall Rank in 2011: 48
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 20
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 23
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 30
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 23
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 48
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 50
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 23
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 31
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 21
Bridges Percent Deficient 20
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 25

The Annual Highway Report is based on spending and performance data submitted by state highway agencies to the federal government for 2013. For more details on the calculation of each of the 11 performance measures used in the report, as well as the overall performance measure, please refer to the appendix in the main report. The report’s dataset includes Interstate, federal and state roads but not county or local roads. All rankings are based on performance measures that are ratios rather than absolute values: the financial measures are disbursements per mile, the fatality rate is fatalities per 100 million vehicle-miles of travel, the urban congestion measure is the annual delay per auto commuter, and the others are percentages. For example, the state ranking 1st in deficient bridges has the smallest percentage of deficient bridges, not the smallest number of deficient bridges.

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