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Hawaii is the #3 state with the worst road conditions

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November 30, 2021
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Hawaii is the #3 state with the worst road conditions

The average American drives close to 13,500 miles a year, and with many roads and bridges across the country being below subpar level, the U.S. Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that will improve the country’s aging roads and bridges. - The infrastructure spending will also chart a course for a clear energy future and entail the expansion of broadband, provide replacement of harmful lead-piped drinking water systems, add new sewer systems, and expand and modernize passenger rail and transit systems. Uplift Legal Funding compiled a list of states where roads are in the worst condition, using data from the White House Infrastructure Fact Sheet. States were issued an infrastructure report card and graded based on the conditions of its roads and bridges. The White House details the significant investment needs taking into account the regional variations when it comes to road quality, funding commuting patterns as well as other factors.

Using the fact sheet and 2019 data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Uplift identified the states with the lowest percentage of acceptable roads. Acceptable road condition is determined by a road’s score on the international roughness index, a measure determining the smoothness of the road’s surface.

Read on to see how well your state maintains its roads, or see the top 15 here.

Hawaii by the numbers

- Percent of road mileage in acceptable condition: 57.2% (889.5 miles)
- Total road mileage: 1,553.7 miles

Hawaii’s challenges include aging infrastructure and lack of funding while seeing population and economic growth. The state’s infrastructure is struggling to stay in operable condition while adapting to quickly changing lifestyles. Being in an isolated location, Hawaii has the highest bridge construction and maintenance costs in the country. As a result, the state and county have focused efforts on preserving existing bridges rather than upgrading bridge capacity.

Hawaii has 84 bridges and over 664 miles of highway in bad condition according to the White House. Hawaii has experienced more than 100 extreme weather conditions from 2010–2020 that cost the state close to $921 billion in damages. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act would allow the state to better prepare its infrastructure for extreme weather cases, climate change, and cyberattacks.

In addition to being frustrating, poor road conditions are linked to reduced safety, more traffic, and increased vehicle costs. Idaho however has proven to be proficient in its road maintenance with 96.4% of its road mileage in acceptable condition. Wyoming also has a positive rating with 94.7% of its road mileage in good condition.

Keep reading to see which states have the best and worst road conditions.

States where roads are in the best condition

#1. Idaho: 96.4% (3,968.0 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#2. Wyoming: 94.7% (6,793.6 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#3. Tennessee: 94.7% (4,800.1 miles) of roads in acceptable condition

States where roads are in the worst condition

#1. Rhode Island: 49.7% (849.2 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#2. New Jersey: 53% (4,081.8 miles) of roads in acceptable condition
#3. Hawaii: 57.2% (889.5 miles) of roads in acceptable condition

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