Policy Study

Maintenance Disbursements Per Mile

Maintenance disbursements comprise about 16.8 percent of total disbursements, totaling $23.33 billion in 2016, about 2.3 percent more than in 2015.

Maintenance disbursements are the costs to perform routine upkeep, such as filling in potholes and repaving roads.

Maintenance disbursements comprise about 16.8 percent of total disbursements, totaling $23.33 billion in 2016, about 2.3 percent more than in 2015 ($22.81 billion), the last time this assessment was completed.

Maintenance Disbursements Per State-Controlled Lane-Mile
24th Annual Highway Report

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This year we measure maintenance disbursements per lane-mile. In past years, we measured them in centerline- miles. The average 2016 per-mile disbursement is $11,929 (Table 8, Maintenance Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile, 2016, Figure 3). We also calculated disbursements in centerline- miles to compare 2016 disbursements to previous years. Centerline-miles disbursements increased about 0.5 percent, from
$28,020 per mile in 2015 to $28,687 per mile in 2016. This very slight increase maintains 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, New Mexico, Alabama, North Dakota, Mississippi and South Carolina reported the lowest per-mile capital and bridge expenditures. New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, New York and Oklahoma reported the highest per-mile expenditures. The states with the largest percentage shifts from 2015 to 2016 were Delaware and Oklahoma (which increased per-mile expenditures by 89 percent and 62 percent respectively) and New Mexico and Delaware (which decreased per-mile expenditures by 69 percent and 46 percent 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 8: Maintenance Disbursements per State-Controlled Lane-Mile
RankStateDisbursement
1New Mexico$479
2Alabama$1,021
3North Dakota$1,657
4Mississippi$2,912
5South Carolina$3,039
6South Dakota$3,917
7West Virginia$4,934
8Montana$5,034
9North Carolina$5,352
10Kansas$5,353
11Arkansas$5,834
12Missouri$6,116
13Wyoming$6,413
14Arizona$6,487
15Georgia$7,006
16Kentucky$7,372
17Idaho$7,896
18Tennessee$8,032
19Iowa$8,578
20Wisconsin$8,631
21Ohio$9,102
22Nevada$9,367
23Nebraska$9,915
24Louisiana$10,293
25Oregon$10,332
26Texas$11,505
27Michigan$12,048
28Maine$12,109
29Minnesota$12,268
30Alaska$13,364
31Virginia$13,652
32Colorado$14,491
33Connecticut$16,281
34Pennsylvania$16,498
35Illinois$16,903
36Washington$17,267
37New Hampshire$17,951
38Vermont$18,445
39Hawaii$22,248
40Utah$22,717
41Florida$23,123
42Indiana$24,269
43Massachusetts$25,033
44California$25,425
45Maryland$30,561
46Oklahoma$31,190
47New York$36,247
48Rhode Island$36,902
49Delaware$37,040
50New Jersey$60,646
Weighted Average$11,929
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