Nebraska ranks 4th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Nebraska ranks 30th in fatality rate, 26th in deficient bridges, 1st (tie) in rural Interstate pavement condition, 18th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 10th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Nebraska ranks 9th in total disbursements per mile and 6th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Nebraska’s best rankings are rural Interstate pavement condition (tied for 1st), administrative disbursements per mile (6th), and rural arterial lane-width (7th).

Nebraska’s worst rankings are fatality rate (30th) and deficient bridges (26th).

Nebraska’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 28th largest system.

Nebraska’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 4
Overall Rank in 2012: 2
Overall Rank in 2011: 2
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 9
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 10
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 16
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 6
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 1
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 15
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 7
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 18
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 10
Bridges Percent Deficient 26
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 30

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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