Utah ranks 13th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Utah ranks 5th in fatality rate, 4th in deficient bridges, 6th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 2nd in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 11th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Utah ranks 37th in total disbursements per mile and 28th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Utah’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (tied for 1st), urban Interstate pavement condition (2nd), and rural arterial pavement condition (3rd).

Utah’s worst rankings are maintenance disbursements per mile (46th) and total disbursements per mile (37th).

Utah’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 39th largest system.

Utah’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 13
Overall Rank in 2012: 29
Overall Rank in 2011: 27
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 37
Capital-Bridge disbursements per mile 25
Maintenance disbursements per mile 46
Administrative disbursements per mile 28
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 6
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 3
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 1
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 2
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 11
Bridges Percent Deficient 4
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 5

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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