New Hampshire ranks 26th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

New Hampshire ranks 24th in fatality rate, 39th in deficient bridges, 31st in rural Interstate pavement condition, 4th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 13th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, New Hampshire ranks 31st in total disbursements per mile and 42nd in administrative disbursements per mile.

New Hampshire’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), urban Interstate pavement condition (4th), and urbanized area congestion (13th).

New Hampshire’s worst rankings are administrative disbursements per mile (42nd) and deficient bridges (39th).

New Hampshire’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 45th largest system.

New Hampshire’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 26
Overall Rank in 2012: 23
Overall Rank in 2011: 23
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 31
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 26
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 20
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 42
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 31
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 37
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 1
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 4
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 13
Bridges Percent Deficient 39
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 24

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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