Policy Study

Total Disbursements Per Mile — 23rd Annual Highway Report

The lowest disbursement per mile was in West Virginia ($35,047) and the highest was in New Jersey per mile ($2,069,020).

Total Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile
2017 Annual Highway Report

Total Disbursements - Annual Highway Report 2017 Placeholder
Total Disbursements - Annual Highway Report 2017
1 to 10 Very Good 11 to 20 Good 21 to 30 Average 31 to 40 Bad 41 to 50 Very Bad 

Since capital and bridge, maintenance and administrative disbursements make up the majority of expenditures (73.5% in 2015), this report measures them individually and collectively. Total disbursements include those three funding categories, plus three others: Highway Law Enforcement and Safety, Interest, and Bond Retirement. In total, the states disbursed about $145.0 billion for state-owned roads in 2015, a 10.5% increase from $131.2 billion in 2013, the last time this assessment was completed. Over the last decade, highway spending has steadily increased. Since 2006, per-mile total disbursements have increased about 46%, while the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased 18%. On a per-mile basis, 2015 disbursements averaged $178,116 (Table 10, Total Disbursements per State-Controlled Mile, 2015). The lowest disbursement per mile was in West Virginia ($35,047) and the highest was in New Jersey ($2,069,020).

Total Disbursements Per State-Controlled Mile
RankNameDollars
1West Virginia$35,047
2South Carolina$37,084
3North Carolina$51,808
4South Dakota$52,125
5Missouri$57,481
6Montana$65,171
7Virginia$71,829
8Arkansas$78,179
9Wyoming$79,348
10Nebraska$79,397
11Maine$83,926
12Mississippi$84,818
13New Mexico$90,839
14Kentucky$92,681
15North Dakota$100,608
16Tennessee$108,828
17Idaho$125,328
18Kansas$145,050
19Georgia$146,909
20Alaska$147,699
21Iowa$149,289
22Alabama$153,508
23Louisiana$158,137
24Nevada$158,542
25Vermont$171,051
26Minnesota$174,997
27Delaware$178,479
28Colorado$183,224
29Oklahoma $188,912
30Pennsylvania$195,633
31Indiana $196,848
32New Hampshire$197,468
33Michigan$207,162
34Ohio$213,040
35Oregon$231,096
36Utah$243,551
37Wisconsin$250,740
38Texas$252,744
39Washington$322,600
40Arizona$354,473
41Illinois$376,608
42Rhode Island**$418,665
43California$471,052
44Connecticut$497,659
45Hawaii$519,237
46New York$532,538
47Maryland$578,995
48Massachusetts*$695,443
49Florida$744,796
50New Jersey$2,069,020
Weighted Average$178,116
View national trends and state-by-state performances by category: