Minnesota's highways are clogged and cracked, making the state's highway system the No. 9 worst in the nation, according to the Annual Highway Report by the Reason Foundation.
The Minnesota state highway system is ranked No. 42 in the latest report – a free fall from the No. 15 and No. 24 rankings in previous reports.
MINNESOTA HIGHWAY RANKINGS
Fatality Rate: 3rd
Percent of deficient bridges: 3rd
Urban interstate congestion: 49th
Rural interstate pavement condition: 49th
Urban interstate pavement condition: 34th
REASON FOR MINNESOTA'S DROP
The drop in Minnesota's urban interstate pavement condition from 15th to 34th significantly contributed to the state's fall in the overall rankings. The rankings are based on spending and performance data submitted by the state highway agencies to the federal government.
Minnesota has the 19th largest highway system in the U.S., with 12,905 state-controlled miles.
IN BAD COMPANY
Almost 2/3 of the poor-condition rural interstate mileage is in just five states: Alaska, California, Colorado., Minnesota and New York.
Four states (California, Connecticut, Maryland and Minnesota) reported more than 2/3 of their urban interstates congested.
TOP 10 STATES
The top ten states for overall performance and cost-effectiveness are:
1. North Dakota
4. New Mexico
7. South Carolina
9. South Dakota
See all the data at http://reason.org/files/20th_annual_highway_report.pdf