Policy Study

California Ranks 42nd Overall in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

California’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (1st), fatality rate (14th), and deficient bridges (28th).

California's Rankings in the
23rd Annual Highway Report

CategoryRank
total-disbursements-per-mile
Total Disbursements Per Mile
43
capital-bridge-disbursements-per-mile
Capital & Bridge Disbursements Per Mile
41
maintenance-disbursements-per-mile
Maintenance Disbursements Per Mile
47
administrative-disbursements-per-mile
Administrative Disbursements Per Mile
46
rural-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Rural Interstate Pavement Condition
33
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-narrow-lanes
Rural Arterial Pavement Condition
45
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-poor-condition
Narrow Rural Arterial Lanes
1
urban-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Urban Interstate Pavement Condition
46
urbanized-area-congestion-peak-hours-spent-in-congestion-per-auto-commuter
Urbanized Area Congestion*
49
bridges-percent-deficient
Deficient Bridges
28
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Fatality Rates
14

California's Performance In Recent Annual Highway Reports

California ranks 42nd in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

California ranks 14th in fatality rate, 28th in deficient bridges, 33rd in rural Interstate pavement condition, 46th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 49th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, California ranks 43rd in total disbursements per mile and 46th in administrative disbursements per mile.

California’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (1st), fatality rate (14th), and deficient bridges (28th).

California’s worst rankings are urbanized area congestion (49th) and maintenance disbursements per mile (47th).

California’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 15th largest system.