Alaska ranked 50th in the nation for state highway performance and efficiency in the Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report. Rhode Island (49th), Hawaii (48th), California (47th), New Jersey (46th) and New York (45th) also perform poorly.
Despite spending 27 percent more than the national average on road maintenance, poor rural roads were the major factor in the low rating. Alaska has ranked dead last in this category for the last three years examined. The non-profit says the condition statistics for Alaska’s rural roads were 29 times worse than the national average.
Predictably, congestion in Alaskan cities was a highlight, showing the fifth best conditions of any state.
Fatal accidents were also reviewed, with Alaska coming 31st. Massachusetts had the lowest traffic fatality rate, while Montana had the highest.