Policy Study

Total State Highway Disbursements Per Mile

In total, the 50 states disbursed about $139.0 billion for state-owned roads in 2016, a 4.1 percent decrease from $145.0 billion in 2015.

Since capital and bridge, maintenance, and administrative disbursements make up the majority of expenditures (74.7 percent in 2016), this report measures them individually and collectively. Total Disbursements include those three funding categories, plus three others: Highway Law Enforcement and Safety, Interest, and Bond Retirement. In total, the 50 states disbursed about $139.0 billion for state-owned roads in 2016, a 4.1 percent decrease from $145.0 billion in 2015, the last time this assessment was completed.

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

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This year, we measure average state disbursements per lane-mile. In past years, we measured them in centerline-miles. The average 2016 per-mile disbursement is $71,117 per lane-mile (Table 10, Total Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile, 2016, Figure 5). We also calculated disbursements in centerline-miles to compare 2016 disbursements to previous years.

Centerline-mile disbursements decreased about 4.0 percent from $178,116 per mile in 2016 to $171,025 per mile in 2015. Over the last decade, highway spending has held steady. This small decrease maintains a generally steady spending trend over the last decade. Since 2007, these per-mile disbursements have increased by about 15 percent, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by about 18 percent.*

In 2016, South Carolina, West Virginia, Missouri, South Dakota and North Carolina reported the lowest expenditures. New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut 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 103 percent) and Oregon, Hawaii, Louisiana, Arizona, New Hampshire and Texas (which each decreased per-mile expenditures by more than 30 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.

Total Disbursements per State-Controlled Lane-Mile
RankStateDisbursement
1South Carolina$13,255
2West Virginia$19,625
3Missouri$23,534
4South Dakota$23,700
5North Carolina$24,547
6New Mexico$28,187
7Montana$29,299
8Wyoming$30,441
9Mississippi$34,883
10Arkansas$35,878
11North Dakota$37,024
12Virginia$37,875
13Nebraska$39,228
14Tennessee$40,138
15Maine$41,847
16Alabama$44,077
17Louisiana$45,621
18Kentucky$45,829
19Kansas$53,157
20Iowa$55,065
21Oregon$57,173
22Georgia$58,772
23Idaho$59,373
24New Hampshire$64,176
25Minnesota$70,740
26Vermont$72,032
27Texas$72,622
28Ohio$75,849
29Alaska$77,165
30Indiana$78,475
31Utah$79,029
32Arizona$84,551
33Colorado$84,695
34Nevada$88,236
35Washington$90,702
36Wisconsin$93,376
37Oklahoma$94,664
38Michigan$99,626
39Pennsylvania$101,129
40California$125,397
41Hawaii$126,932
42Illinois$143,606
43Delaware$164,801
44Maryland$181,323
45Rhode Island$194,769
46Connecticut$209,157
47New York$215,466
48Massachusetts$216,066
49Florida$241,100
50New Jersey$511,266
Weighted Average$71,117
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