Arizona ranks 24th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Arizona ranks 41st in fatality rate, 3rd in deficient bridges, 29th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 9th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 41st in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Arizona ranks 40th in total disbursements per mile and 44th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Arizona’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), deficient bridges (3rd), and urban Interstate pavement condition (9th).

Arizona’s worst rankings are administrative disbursements per mile (44th), urbanized area congestion (41st), and fatality rate (41st).

Arizona’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 38th largest system.

Arizona’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 24
Overall Rank in 2012: 19
Overall Rank in 2011: 21
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 40
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 37
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 26
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 44
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 29
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 18
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 1
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 9
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 41
Bridges Percent Deficient 3
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 41

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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