November 19, 2020
Louisiana’s highway system ranks 31st in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. It’s a three-spot improvement from the organization’s previous report, where Louisiana ranked 34th.
The Annual Highway Report measures state-controlled highways in 13 categories, with rankings 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.
Louisiana’s best rankings are in administrative disbursements per mile (5th) and capital and bridge disbursements per mile (6th). Its worst rankings are in its interstate pavement condition (48th) and overall fatality rate (48th).
Additionally, Louisiana ranks 44th in structurally deficient bridges, 35th in traffic congestion and 43rd in rural interstate pavement condition, but fares better (20th) in total spending per mile. Check out the full report.