Mississippi ranks 10th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Mississippi ranks 48th in fatality rate, 23rd in deficient bridges, 32nd in rural Interstate pavement condition, 25th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 19th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Mississippi ranks 14th in total disbursements per mile and 16th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Mississippi’s best rankings are maintenance disbursements per mile (4th), and rural arterial lane-width (14th), and total disbursements per mile (14th).

Mississippi’s worst rankings are fatality rate (48th) and rural Interstate pavement condition (32nd).

Mississippi’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 23rd largest system.

Mississippi’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 10
Overall Rank in 2012: 8
Overall Rank in 2011: 10
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 14
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 27
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 4
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 16
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 32
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 17
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 14
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 25
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 19
Bridges Percent Deficient 23
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 48

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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