Minnesota ranks 27th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Minnesota ranks 2nd in fatality rate, 6th in deficient bridges, 39th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 39th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 36th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Minnesota ranks 25th in total disbursements per mile and 29th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Minnesota’s best rankings are fatality rate (2nd), deficient bridges (6th), and rural arterial lane-width (17th).

Minnesota’s worst rankings are rural arterial pavement condition (41st), rural Interstate pavement condition (39th), and urban Interstate pavement condition (39th).

Minnesota’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 18th largest system.

Minnesota’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 27
Overall Rank in 2012: 28
Overall Rank in 2011: 31
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 25
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 19
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 35
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 29
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 39
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 41
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 17
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 39
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 36
Bridges Percent Deficient 6
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 2

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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