close

Sign Up

For the latest Connecticut news, straight to your inbox.

View Privacy Policy

Study: CT Spends More on Highways Than Most States, With Worse Conditions Than Most States

February 14, 2018 By Staff
Study: CT Spends More on Highways Than Most States, With Worse Conditions Than Most States

A new study from the Reason Foundation reached a disturbing conclusion on Connecticut's highways: the state spends more money than most states, but with worse conditions than most states.

The Reason Foundation released its annual study of highway spending and conditions in all 50 U.S. states, and reached a disturbing conclusion for Connecticut: the state spends more than most other states, but also has worse highway conditions than most other states.

Want more Reclaim Connecticut? Like us on Facebook.

Connecticut ranked fifth-to-last in “Overall Highway Performance Ratings.” Reason’s 2018 release “ranks the performance of state highway systems in 2015, with congestion data from 2016.” Only Hawaii, Alaska, Rhode Island, and New Jersey are behind Connecticut.

Here’s how Connecticut received a #46 ranking:

  • Total Disbursements [Payments] per mile: #44 (the lower the rank, the higher the spending)
  • Capital & Bridge Disbursements per mile: #42
  • Maintenance Disbursements per mile: #31
  • Administrative Disbursements per mile: #50
  • Rural Interstate Pavement Condition: #35
  • Urban Interstate Pavement Condition: #48
  • Rural Arterial Pavement Condition: #26
  • Urbanized Area Congestion: #27
  • Deficient Bridges: #47
  • Fatality Rates: #6
  • Narrow Rural Arterial Lanes: #14

What all this means: Reason found Connecticut spends more money on highways than most other states (the “disbursements” rankings) but still has some of the poorest conditions in the nation (the “condition” rankings).

This may call into question Gov. Dan Malloy’s (D-Conn.) multibillion-dollar toll plan: if his administration can’t be trusted with tax dollars currently devoted to transportation, what’s to say that more dollars under Malloy’s watch will improve the situation?

Want more Reclaim Connecticut? Like us on Facebook.