Infrastructure spending—which states fare worst?
Which are the worst US states for infrastructure? According to a new ranking of US states was published recently by USA Today, here are the bottom ten: (1) Rhode Island, (2) Hawaii, (3) West Virginia, (4) Pennsylvania, (5) California, (6) Alaska, (7) New Jersey, (8) Massachusetts, (9) Iowa, and (10) Connecticut.
The article notes that “about seven out of every 100 miles of roadway nationwide are in poor condition; nine percent of bridges nationwide are structurally deficient… and 17 percent of dams in the country have a high hazard potential.”
Nonpartisan Common Good has also recently released an update of its report “Two Years, Not Ten Years,” revealing that the cost of delay in rebuilding America’s infrastructure has grown in five years from about $3.7 trillion to nearly $3.9 trillion. The total includes direct costs associated with construction delays plus economic and environmental costs of failing to upgrade America’s dilapidated infrastructure. It approaches the size of the US infrastructure backlog of $4.6 trillion.
The USA Today article also notes that, while 75 percent of Americans support more spending on infrastructure, “funding the project has proven to be a political challenge.”
Among the states performing worst in the infrastructure front, Massachusetts and New Jersey were found to have over 17 percent of their roads to be in poor condition, while in Alaska that figure was 18.9 percent and in California, 16.9 percent. Over 20 percent of bridges in Iowa are deficient, while Rhode Island topped that list at 23.3 percent.
When it comes to dams at high hazard risk, Pennsylvania is at 53.0 percent, West Virginia is at 71.0 percent, while Hawaii comes in at a whopping 93.2 percent.