Policy Study

Capital & Bridge Disbursements Per Mile — 23rd Annual Highway Report

Capital and Bridge Disbursements Per State-Controlled Mile
2017 Annual Highway Report

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Capital and bridge disbursements are the costs to build new, and widen existing, highways and bridges. Capital and bridge disbursements for state-owned roads make up 51.6% of total disbursements, totaling $74.90 billion in 2015, about 8.8% more than was spent in 2013 ($68.86 billion), the last time this assessment was completed.

On a per-mile basis, capital and bridge disbursements increased about 8.9%, from $84,494 per mile in 2013 to $91,992 per mile in 2015 (Table 7, Capital and Bridge Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile, 2015). This increase continues a generally upward trend in spending over the last decade. Since 2006, these per-mile disbursements have increased over 37%, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased about 18%.

In 2015, South Carolina, West Virginia, Missouri and North Carolina reported the lowest per-mile capital and bridge expenditures. New Jersey, Florida, Hawaii and Massachusetts reported the highest per-mile expenditures. The states with the largest percentage shifts from 2013 to 2015 were Hawaii and New York (which increased per-mile expenditures by more than 49%) and Washington and South Dakota (which decreased per-mile expenditures by more than 34%). Some of the disbursements per state-controlled mile can vary widely from year to year—reflecting funding actions and project schedules.

Capital and Bridge Disbursements Per State-Controlled Mile
RankNameDollars
1South Carolina$15,675
2West Virginia$18,857
3Missouri$25,598
4North Carolina$29,441
5Virginia$31,242
6South Dakota$33,288
7New Mexico$36,754
8Montana$39,979
9Maine$46,947
10Nebraska$48,712
11Wyoming$51,248
12Arkansas$51,958
13Delaware$56,307
14Kentucky$61,500
15Mississippi$62,128
16Louisiana$63,170
17Georgia$64,648
18Oregon$68,801
19Utah$71,924
20Tennessee$72,418
21Kansas$72,948
22Idaho$73,442
23Alabama$74,649
24Vermont$77,441
25New Hampshire$77,762
26Nevada$81,303
27Oklahoma $82,996
28Pennsylvania$86,394
29North Dakota$87,710
30Minnesota$90,640
31Colorado$93,264
32Alaska$99,573
33Iowa$106,120
34Arizona$109,047
35Michigan$111,002
36Wisconsin$117,191
37Indiana $120,395
38Ohio$134,201
39Texas$146,634
40Washington$153,170
41California$189,345
42Connecticut$206,515
43Rhode Island**$213,079
44Maryland$251,799
45New York$259,948
46Illinois$263,315
47Massachusetts*$299,246
48Hawaii$316,637
49Florida$454,676
50New Jersey$919,040
Weighted Average$91,992
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