Louisiana highways rank 35th in condition, cost-effectiveness 

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Louisiana’s highway system ranks 35th in the nation in condition and overall cost-effectiveness, according to the Annual Highway Report published today by Reason Foundation. 

This is a four-spot drop from the previous Annual Highway Report, which ranks every state highway system in 13 categories.

In safety and performance categories, Louisiana ranks 49th in urban Interstate pavement condition, 45th in structurally deficient bridges, 43rd in rural Interstate pavement condition, 43rd in overall fatality rate and 39th in traffic congestion. Louisiana ranks in the bottom 15 nationally in seven of the report’s 13 metrics. 

Louisiana spends $41,800 per mile of state-controlled road, ranking 15th (meaning 35 states spend more per mile). 

Baruch Feigenbaum, author of the report, says Louisiana needs to direct funding to repairing pavement and bridges to increase its ranking. The state is expected to receive $7.2 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, with $4.8 billion earmarked for highways and $1 billion for bridges. 

Louisiana drivers spend 20.35 hours per year in peak hour traffic congestion, ranking 39th nationally. See the report.