Policy Study

Vermont Ranks 30th in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

Vermont’s best rankings are in urban Interstate pavement condition, urban fatality rate, rural Interstate pavement condition, and structurally deficient bridges.

Vermont's Rankings in the
25th Annual Highway Report

CategoryRank
overall
Overall
30
total-disbursements-per-mile
Total Disbursements per Mile
33
capital-bridge-disbursements-per-mile
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile
27
maintenance-disbursements-per-mile
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile
37
administrative-disbursements-per-mile
Administrative Disbursements per Mile
45
rural-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Rural Interstate Pavement Condition
5
urban-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Urban Interstate Pavement Condition
1
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-narrow-lanes
Rural Arterial Pavement Condition
44
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-poor-condition
Urban Arterial Pavement Condition
23
urbanized-area-congestion-peak-hours-spent-in-congestion-per-auto-commuter
Urbanized Area Congestion*
30
bridges-percent-deficient
Structurally Deficient Bridges*
5
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Overall Fatality Rate
10
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Rural Fatality Rate
12
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Urban Fatality Rate
3

Vermont's Performance In Recent Annual Highway Reports

Vermont’s highway system ranks 30th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is an 11-spot decrease from the previous report, where Vermont ranked 19th overall, due in part to traffic congestion worsening.

In safety and performance categories, Vermont ranks 10th in overall fatality rate, 5th in structurally deficient bridges, 30th in traffic congestion, 1st in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 5th in rural Interstate pavement condition.

On spending, Vermont ranks 33rd in total spending per mile and 27th in capital and bridge costs per mile.

“To improve in the rankings, Vermont needs to reduce its administrative disbursements and improve its rural arterial pavement condition. Vermont ranks in the bottom 10 states for both categories. Compared to nearby states, the report finds Vermont’s overall highway performance is better than Connecticut (ranks 35th), Massachusetts (ranks 47th), and New York (ranks 44th),” said Baruch Feigenbaum, lead author of the Annual Highway Report and senior managing director of transportation policy at Reason Foundation. “Vermont is doing worse than comparable states like New Hampshire (ranks 29th) and Maine (ranks 25th).”

Vermont’s best rankings are in urban Interstate pavement condition (1st) and urban fatality rate (3rd).

Vermont’s worst rankings are in administrative disbursements per mile (45th) and rural arterial pavement condition (44th).

Vermont’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 48th largest highway system in the country.

Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-controlled highways in 13 categories, including pavement condition, traffic congestion, structurally deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, and spending (capital, maintenance, administrative, overall) per mile.

The Annual Highway Report is based on spending and performance data submitted by state highway agencies to the federal government for 2018 as well as urban congestion data from INRIX and bridge condition data from the Better Roads inventory for 2019.

Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-controlled highways in 13 categories, including pavement condition, traffic congestion, structurally deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, and spending (capital, maintenance, administrative, overall) per mile.

The Annual Highway Report is based on spending and performance data submitted by state highway agencies to the federal government for 2018 as well as urban congestion data from INRIX and bridge condition data from the Better Roads inventory for 2019.