Arkansas ranks 33rd in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Arkansas ranks 43rd in fatality rate, 18th in deficient bridges, 42nd in rural Interstate pavement condition, 44th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 14th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Arkansas ranks 12th in total disbursements per mile and 3rd in administrative disbursements per mile.

Arkansas’s best rankings are administrative disbursements per mile (3rd), maintenance disbursements per mile (10th), and total disbursements per mile (12th).

Arkansas’s worst rankings are rural arterial lane-width (46th) and urban Interstate pavement condition (44th).

Arkansas’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 15th largest system.

Arkansas’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 33
Overall Rank in 2012: 35
Overall Rank in 2011: 37
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 12
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 21
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 10
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 3
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 42
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 25
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 46
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 44
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 14
Bridges Percent Deficient 18
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 43

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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