The state’s highway system ranks 37th in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the recently published Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation. This is up six spots from the previous report, where Washington ranked 43rd overall.

Utilizing data that states submitted to the federal government, Reason Foundation’s 24th Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 13 categories, including pavement condition on urban and rural Interstates, deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, administrative costs, and spending per mile on state roads.

Washington’s best rankings are in overall fatality rate (eighth) and structurally deficient bridges (ninth). Washington’s worst rankings are in urban arterial pavement condition (47th) and rural Interstate pavement condition (46th).

Washington’s complete results (out of 50 states):

  • Overall rank: 37th
  • Overall rank in previous report: 43rd

Ranking in each category:

  • Total disbursements per mile: 35th
  • Capital-bridge disbursements per mile: 37th
  • Maintenance disbursements per mile: 36th
  • Administrative disbursements per mile: 30th
  • Rural interstate percent in poor condition: 46th
  • Urban interstate percent in poor condition: 38th
  • Rural other principal arterial percent in poor condition: 28th
  • Urban other principal arterial percent in poor condition: 47th
  • Urban area congestion: 42nd
  • Structurally deficient bridges percent: 9th
  • Overall fatality rate: eighth
  • Rural fatality rate: ninth
  • Urban fatality rate: 20th