Wisconsin ranks 28th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Wisconsin ranks 11th in fatality rate, 7th in deficient bridges, 41st in rural Interstate pavement condition, 38th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 16th in urbanized
area congestion.

On spending, Wisconsin ranks 35th in total disbursements per mile and 32nd in administrative disbursements per mile.

Wisconsin’s best rankings are deficient bridges (7th), rural arterial lane-width (9th), and fatality
rate (11th).

Wisconsin’s worst rankings are rural Interstate pavement condition (41st) and rural arterial pavement condition (40th).

Wisconsin’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 22nd largest system.

Wisconsin’s Complete Results Ranking
Overall Rank in 2013: 28
Overall Rank in 2012: 15
Overall Rank in 2011: 25
Performance by Category in 2013 Ranking
Total Disbursement per Mile 35
Capital-Bridge disbursements per mile 38
Maintenance disbursements per mile 19
Administrative disbursements per mile 32
Rural Interstate Percent Poor Condition 41
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Poor Condition 40
Rural Other Principal Arterial Percent Narrow Lanes 9
Urban Interstate Percent Poor Condition 38
Urbanized Area Congestion, Annual Delay Per Auto Commuter 16
Bridges Percent Deficient 7
Fatality Rate per 100 Million Vehicle-Miles of Travel 11

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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