Policy Study

California Ranks 42nd Overall in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

California’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (1st), fatality rate (14th), and deficient bridges (28th).

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Overall Highway Performance Rank - Highway Report 2017
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California's Performance and Cost-Effectiveness Rankings
2017 Annual Highway Report

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California ranks 42nd in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

California ranks 14th in fatality rate, 28th in deficient bridges, 33rd in rural Interstate pavement condition, 46th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 49th in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, California ranks 43rd in total disbursements per mile and 46th in administrative disbursements per mile.

California’s best rankings are rural arterial lane-width (1st), fatality rate (14th), and deficient bridges (28th).

California’s worst rankings are urbanized area congestion (49th) and maintenance disbursements per mile (47th).

California’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 15th largest system.