Policy Study

Administrative Disbursements Per Mile — 24th Annual Highway Report

Administrative Disbursements per State-Controlled Lane-Mile 24th Annual Highway Report

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Administrative disbursements typically include general and main-office expenditures in support of state- administered highways. They do not include project-related costs but occasionally include “parked” funds, which are funds from bond sales or asset sales awaiting later expenditure. Therefore, they vary widely from year to year. Administrative disbursements comprise about 6.3% of total disbursements, totaling $8.81 billion in 2016, nearly identical to 2015 ($8.85 billion), the last time this assessment was completed.

This year, we measure administrative disbursements per lane-mile. In past years, we measured them in centerline-miles. The average 2016 per-mile disbursement is $4,501 (Table 9, Administrative Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile, 2016, Figure 4). We also calculated disbursements in centerline-miles to compare 2016 disbursements to previous years. Centerline-mile disbursements decreased about 0.4%, from $10,864 per mile in 2015 to $10,825 per mile in 2016. This very slight decrease maintains a generally steady spending trend over the last decade. Since 2007, these per-mile disbursements have increased about 15%, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased about 18%.*

In 2016, Kentucky, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri and Maine reported the lowest administrative expenditures. Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey reported the highest per-mile expenditures. The states with the largest percentage shifts from 2015 to 2016 were Delaware (which increased per-mile expenditures by more than 214%) and Ohio and New Hampshire (which decreased per- mile expenditures by 60% and 48% respectively). Some of the disbursements per state-controlled mile can vary widely from year to year, reflecting funding actions and project schedules.

*Massachusetts’ latest disbursement data is from 2010.

Table 9: Administrative Disbursements per State-Controlled Lane-Mile
RankStateDisbursement
1Kentucky$490
2Nebraska$846
3Arkansas$916
4Missouri$928
5Maine$1,142
6Louisiana$1,228
7South Carolina$1,310
8North Dakota$1,343
9West Virginia$1,362
10North Carolina$1,524
11Texas$1,873
12Montana$2,175
13Idaho$2,451
14Mississippi$2,587
15Iowa$2,650
16Kansas$2,772
17Wyoming$3,004
18South Dakota$3,100
19Ohio$3,119
20Virginia$3,143
21Indiana$3,544
22Illinois$3,890
23Minnesota$4,687
24Tennessee$4,740
25Michigan$5,107
26New Hampshire$5,260
27Colorado$5,337
28Pennsylvania$5,408
29Utah$5,414
30Washington$5,451
31Oregon$5,968
32Alaska$6,078
33Wisconsin$6,916
34Hawaii$7,001
35Alabama$7,151
36Maryland$7,418
37Florida$7,780
38Oklahoma$8,484
39New Mexico$9,659
40Vermont$9,928
41Georgia$10,638
42Arizona$10,954
43New York$11,315
44California$11,357
45Nevada$12,468
46New Jersey$14,035
47Rhode Island$17,162
48Massachusetts$23,950
49Delaware$25,120
50Connecticut$35,028
Weighted Average$4,501
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