Policy Study

Urban Arterial Pavement Condition — 24th Annual Highway Report

Percent Urban Other Principal Arterial Mileage in Poor Condition 24th Annual Highway Report

PERCENT OF URBAN OTHER PRINCIPAL ARTERIAL MILEAGE IN POOR CONDITION - Highway Report 2019 Placeholder
PERCENT OF URBAN OTHER PRINCIPAL ARTERIAL MILEAGE IN POOR CONDITION - Highway Report 2019
1 to 10 Very Good 11 to 20 Good 21 to 30 Average 31 to 40 Bad 41 to 50 Very Bad 

Urban Other Principal Arterials (UOPA) are four- to eight-lane roadways connecting different parts of an urban region. UOPA Condition is one of the new categories added to this year’s Highway Report. We have analyzed the past five years of data to provide an accurate depiction of these roadways.

Overall, about 14% of the UOPA system—8,713 miles out of 62,643—was reported to be in poor condition (Table 14, Percent Urban Other Principal Arterial Mileage in Poor Condition, 2016, Figure 9). Overall urban arterial pavement condition is in much worse condition than rural arterials, rural Interstates or urban Interstates, with the percent in poor condition at 1.36%, 1.96% and 5.18% respectively.

The percent UOPA mileage in poor condition varies drastically by state, from Florida with 1.96% to Rhode Island at 33.03%. Nine states reported less than 5% of UOPA miles in poor condition. On the other hand, seven states (Rhode Island, California, Massachusetts, Washington, New Jersey, Nebraska and New York) reported more than 20% of their UOPA mileage to be in poor condition. These seven states have 24% of the U.S. ROPA mileage, but 45% of the mileage that is in poor condition.

Table 14: Percent Urban Other Principal Arterial Mileage in Poor Condition
RankStatePercent Urban Other Principal Arterial Mileage in Poor Condition
1Florida1.96
2Alabama2.58
3Utah2.62
4Georgia2.74
5Nevada3.69
6Minnesota3.86
7Kansas3.92
8Kentucky4.73
9South Carolina4.89
10West Virginia5.09
11Tennessee5.91
12Virginia6.35
13Delaware6.67
14Missouri7.01
15Oregon7.03
16Illinois8.17
17Arizona8.22
18North Carolina8.44
19Alaska8.70
20New Mexico9.15
21Indiana9.35
22Connecticut10.00
23New Hampshire10.36
24Wyoming10.38
25Idaho10.62
26Vermont11.01
27Maine11.41
28North Dakota11.76
29Mississippi13.08
30Iowa13.20
31Pennsylvania13.22
32Montana13.39
33Colorado13.48
34Maryland13.86
35Ohio14.34
36Texas14.45
37Louisiana15.20
38Arkansas16.23
39Hawaii16.54
40Oklahoma16.64
41Michigan16.92
42South Dakota19.01
43Wisconsin19.30
44New York21.04
45Nebraska22.52
46New Jersey22.78
47Washington23.00
48Massachusetts24.56
49California30.51
50Rhode Island33.03
Weighted Average13.97
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