Policy Study

Wyoming Ranks 36th in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

Wyoming’s best rankings are in urban fatality rate, urban congestion, and total disbursements per mile.

Wyoming's Rankings in the
25th Annual Highway Report

CategoryRank
overall
Overall
36
total-disbursements-per-mile
Total Disbursements per Mile
12
capital-bridge-disbursements-per-mile
Capital-Bridge Disbursements per Mile
23
maintenance-disbursements-per-mile
Maintenance Disbursements per Mile
15
administrative-disbursements-per-mile
Administrative Disbursements per Mile
17
rural-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Rural Interstate Pavement Condition
26
urban-interstate-percent-poor-condition
Urban Interstate Pavement Condition
50
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-narrow-lanes
Rural Arterial Pavement Condition
8
rural-other-principal-arterial-percent-poor-condition
Urban Arterial Pavement Condition
50
urbanized-area-congestion-peak-hours-spent-in-congestion-per-auto-commuter
Urbanized Area Congestion*
8
bridges-percent-deficient
Structurally Deficient Bridges*
30
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Overall Fatality Rate
20
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Rural Fatality Rate
39
fatality-rate-per-100-million-vehicle-miles-of-travel
Urban Fatality Rate
6

Wyoming's Performance In Recent Annual Highway Reports

Wyoming’s highway system ranks 36th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is a 25-spot decline from the previous report, where Wyoming ranked 11th overall. Wyoming’s urban Interstate and urban arterial pavement condition rankings dropped to 50th this year.

In safety and performance categories, Wyoming ranks 20th in overall fatality rate, 30th in structurally deficient bridges, 8th in traffic congestion, 50th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 26th in rural Interstate pavement condition.

On spending, Wyoming ranks 12th in total spending per mile and 23rd in capital and bridge costs per mile.

“To improve in the rankings, Wyoming needs to improve its pavement condition. The state ranks last in urban Interstate and urban arterial pavement condition. Compared to neighboring states, the report finds Wyoming’s overall highway performance is better than Colorado (ranks 38th), but worse than Nebraska (ranks 12th) and Utah (ranks 17th),” said Baruch Feigenbaum, lead author of the Annual Highway Report and senior managing director of transportation policy at Reason Foundation. “Wyoming is ranked worse than comparable states like Idaho (ranks 5th) and Montana (ranks 10th).”

Wyoming’s best rankings are in urban fatality rate (6th) and traffic congestion (8th).

Wyoming’s worst rankings are in urban Interstate pavement condition (50th) and urban arterial pavement condition (50th).

Wyoming’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 39th 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.