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Delaware Ranks 44th in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

From: Reason Foundation

Delaware’s highway system ranks 44th in the nation in overall

cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway

Report by Reason Foundation. This is a four-spot improvement from 48th in the previous report.

Delaware ranks in the bottom 10 of all states in five of the report’s 12 metrics. (Delaware has no rural Interstate mileage). The state manages to have high overall costs, poor Interstate pavement conditions, and poor traffic congestion. Delaware’s administrative spending is the biggest problem. Delaware spends 1.5 times as much per lane-mile as the next worst state, New Jersey, and 3.5 times per lane-mile what peer state Connecticut spends, and 2.5 times per lane-mile what peer state New Hampshire spends. Urbanized area congestion is also a significant problem. Delaware commuters spend 75.29 hours stuck in congestion, five times the amount spent by Connecticut commuters, and nine times the amount spent by New Hampshire commuters.

In safety and performance categories, Delaware ranks 34th in overall fatality rate, 8th in structurally deficient bridges, 49th in traffic congestion, and 48th in urban Interstate pavement condition.

On spending, Delaware spends $148,736 per state-controlled mile of highway. It ranks 40th in total spending per mile and 32nd in capital and bridge costs per mile.

Delaware’s best rankings are in rural arterial pavement condition (1st) and structurally deficient bridges (8th).

Delaware’s worst rankings are in administrative disbursements per mile (50th) and urbanized area congestion (49th).

Delaware’s drivers waste 75.29 hours a year in traffic congestion, ranking 49th in the nation.

Delaware’s state-controlled highway mileage makes it the 42nd largest highway system in the country.

“To improve in the report’s overall rankings, Delaware needs to become more efficient, reduce its traffic congestion, and improve its urban Interstate pavement condition,” said Baruch Feigenbaum, lead author of the Annual Highway Report and senior managing director of transportation policy at Reason Foundation. “The state is not getting much bang for the buck as it ranks in the bottom three in urban Interstate condition and traffic congestion.” For additional analysis read more here.