Minnesota's highways among the worst in the nation, study says

Minnesota's highways are bad and getting worse relative to other states, the report says.
Minnesota's highways are bad and getting worse relative to other states, the report says.

The Reason Foundation's 2013 installment of its annual state-by-state highway rankings puts Minnesota toward the bottom of the list.

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The study pegs Minnesota's highways as the eighth worst in the country. Our marks are especially poor in the areas of urban interstate congestion (49th) and rural interstate pavement condition (49th).

Ironically, our roads ranked highly when it comes to the percentage of deficient bridges (third) and fatality rate (third).

Minnesota's 42nd-place ranking represents a precipitous drop from the 2011 and '12 reports, in which our highways ranked 15th and 24th, respectively. The main culprit is rapidly deteriorating interstate pavement conditions, with our ranking in that category dropping from 15th in 2012 to 34th this year.

Reason's rankings are based on state spending and roadway performance data submitted to the federal government. The study uses data from 2009, the most recent year available.

Here's Reason's top 10 best-highway ranking -- a list dominated by predominately rural states :

1. North Dakota
2. Kansas
3. Wyoming
4. New Mexico
5. Montana
6. Nebraska
7. South Carolina
8. Missouri
9. South Dakota
10. Mississippi

The bottom 10 states, meanwhile, largely have an urban (and snowy) character:

50. Alaska
49. Rhode Island
48. Hawaii
47. California
46. New Jersey
45. New York
44. Connecticut
43. Massachusetts
42. Minnesota
41. Colorado

You can read Reason's entire study here.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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