Policy Study

Capital and Bridge Disbursements Per Mile

Capital and bridge disbursements for state-owned roads equal 51.6 percent of total disbursements, totaling $71.75 billion in 2016, about 4.4 percent less than was spent in 2015.

Capital and bridge disbursements are the costs to build new, and widen existing, highways and bridges. Capital and bridge disbursements for state-owned roads equal 51.6 percent of total disbursements, totaling $71.75 billion in 2016, about 4.4 percent less than was spent in 2015 ($74.90 billion), the last time this assessment was completed.

Capital and Bridge Disbursements Per State-Controlled Lane-Mile
24th Annual Highway Report

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This year, we measure capital and bridge disbursements per lane-mile. In past years, we measured them in centerline-miles. The average 2016 per-mile disbursement is $36,681 (Table 7, Capital and Bridge Disbursements Per State-Controlled Mile, 2016, Figure 2). We also calculated disbursements in centerline- miles to compare 2016 disbursements to previous years. Centerline-mile disbursements decreased about 4.1 percent, from $91,992 per mile in 2015 to $88,212 per mile in 2016. This significant decrease bucks a generally steady spending trend over the last decade. Since 2007, these per-mile disbursements have increased about 15 percent, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased about 18 percent.*

In 2016, South Carolina, Missouri, West Virginia, New Mexico and South Dakota reported the lowest per-mile capital and bridge expenditures. New Jersey, Florida, New York, Connecticut and Illinois reported the highest per-mile expenditures. The states with the largest percentage shifts from 2015 to 2016 were Delaware and Nevada (which increased per-mile expenditures by more than 35 percent) and Texas and Hawaii (which decreased per-mile expenditures by more than 39 percent). 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 7: Capital and Bridge Disbursements per State-Controlled Lane-Mile
RankStateDisbursement
1South Carolina$8,154
2Missouri$9,736
3West Virginia$11,595
4New Mexico$13,051
5South Dakota$15,018
6North Carolina$15,367
7Virginia$15,745
8Montana$17,741
9Wyoming$18,529
10Maine$23,323
11Idaho$24,310
12Arkansas$24,555
13Oregon$24,570
14Nebraska$25,108
15Mississippi$25,635
16Alabama$25,903
17Utah$26,119
18Kentucky$26,163
19Tennessee$26,495
20Georgia$26,612
21Louisiana$27,652
22New Hampshire$27,822
23Vermont$30,569
24Kansas$31,761
25North Dakota$31,838
26Texas$36,450
27Michigan$36,723
28Delaware$37,332
29Iowa$38,218
30California$40,406
31Minnesota$41,717
32Nevada$43,535
33Oklahoma$43,807
34Colorado$45,137
35Arizona$46,262
36Indiana$46,769
37Washington$47,548
38Pennsylvania$50,354
39Ohio$50,811
40Wisconsin$52,280
41Alaska$54,413
42Hawaii$72,796
43Rhode Island$87,136
44Maryland$90,441
45Massachusetts$92,972
46Illinois$95,116
47Connecticut$96,956
48New York$102,418
49Florida$137,875
50New Jersey$214,678
Weighted Average$36,681
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