Maine ranks 5th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Maine ranks 23rd in fatality rate, 38th in deficient bridges, 11th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 6th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 3rd in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Maine ranks 11th in total disbursements per mile and 4th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Maine’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (3rd), administrative disbursements per mile (4th), and urban Interstate pavement condition (6th).

Maine’s worst rankings are deficient bridges (38th) and rural arterial lane-width (35th).

Maine’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 33rd largest system.

Maine’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 5
Overall Rank in 2012: 16
Overall Rank in 2011: 18
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 11
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 8
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 27
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 4
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 11
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 9
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 35
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 6
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 3
Bridges Percent Deficient 38
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 23

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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