Policy Study

Iowa Ranks 15th Overall in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

Iowa’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (3rd), administrative disbursements per mile (12th), and fatality rate (17th).

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Iowa's Performance and Cost-Effectiveness Rankings
2017 Annual Highway Report

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Iowa ranks 15th in the nation in highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Iowa ranks 17th in fatality rate, 34th in deficient bridges, 24th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 25th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 3rd in urbanized area congestion.

On spending, Iowa ranks 21st in total disbursements per mile and 12th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Iowa’s best rankings are urbanized area congestion (3rd), administrative disbursements per mile (12th), and fatality rate (17th).

Iowa’s worst rankings are rural arterial pavement condition (39th) and urban Interstate deficient bridges (34th).

Iowa’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 31st largest system.