New Jersey ranks 49th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

New Jersey ranks 3rd in fatality rate, 36th in deficient bridges, 28th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 43rd in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 50th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, New Jersey ranks 50th in total disbursements per mile and 46th in administrative disbursements per mile.

New Jersey’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), fatality rate (3rd), and rural Interstate pavement condition (28th).

New Jersey’s worst rankings are total disbursements per mile (50th), capital-bridge disbursements per mile (50th), maintenance disbursements per mile (50th), and urbanized area congestion (50th).

New Jersey’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 47th largest system.

New Jersey’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 49
Overall Rank in 2012: 48
Overall Rank in 2011: 47
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 50
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile 50
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile 50
Administrative Disbursements per Mile 46
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 28
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 47
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 1
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 43
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 50
Bridges Percent Deficient 36
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 3

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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