September 3, 2010
Virginia fell six spots and now ranks 18th in the nation in state highway performance and cost-effectiveness, according to Reason Foundation's new 19th Annual Highway Report.
The study ranks each state's Interstate highways and state-controlled roads in 11 categories, including costs per mile, congestion, pavement condition, deficient bridges and fatalities.
National performance improved greatly in 2008, the most recent year with complete data available. Virginia ranks 8th in total highway disbursements, 11th in fatalities, 32nd in deficient or functionally obsolete bridges and 18th in urban Interstate congestion.
Virginia's best rankings come in rural Interstate condition (1st), state-controlled highway miles (3rd) and capital and bridge disbursements (4th).
Virginia's complete year-by-year results:
Overall Rank in 2008: 18
Overall Rank in 2007: 12
Overall Rank in 2006: 16
Overall Rank in 2005: 18
Overall Rank in 2000: 14
You can view full details - including stats, tables and charts - on the highway report rankings by visiting the Reason Foundation Website.