Policy Study

Iowa Ranks 15th Overall in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

Iowa’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (3rd), administrative disbursements per mile (12th), and fatality rate (17th).

Iowa's Rankings in the
23rd Annual Highway Report

CategoryRank
total-disbursements-per-mile
Total Disbursements Per Mile
21
capital-bridge-disbursements-per-mile
Capital & Bridge Disbursements Per Mile
33
maintenance-disbursements-per-mile
Maintenance Disbursements Per Mile
21
administrative-disbursements-per-mile
Administrative Disbursements Per Mile
12
rural-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Rural Interstate Pavement Condition
24
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-narrow-lanes
Rural Arterial Pavement Condition
39
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-poor-condition
Narrow Rural Arterial Lanes
24
urban-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Urban Interstate Pavement Condition
25
urbanized-area-congestion-peak-hours-spent-in-congestion-per-auto-commuter
Urbanized Area Congestion*
3
bridges-percent-deficient
Deficient Bridges
34
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Fatality Rates
17

Iowa's Performance In Recent Annual Highway Reports

Iowa ranks 15th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Iowa ranks 17th in fatality rate, 34th in deficient bridges, 24th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 25th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 3rd in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Iowa ranks 21st in total disbursements per mile and 12th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Iowa’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (3rd), administrative disbursements per mile (12th), and fatality rate (17th).

Iowa’s worst rankings are rural arterial pavement condition (39th) and urban Interstate deficient bridges (34th).

Iowa’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 31st largest system.