Compared to the Rest of the U.S., North Dakota’s Roads Aren’t So Bad
Believe it or not, North Dakota has some of the best roads to travel in the country.
In a recent study done by 24/7 Wall St. on States With the Worst Roads, while based on statistics from the Federal Highway Administration, it was determined that North Dakota has the 49th worst roads in the U.S. This actually means that it has the 2nd best roads in the country.
You may be thinking, "Yeah, right!" Or you're wondering how such a crazy statistic is drawn up. A few different determining factors are what were used in this study. Four main factors were researched to determine such a stat: the number or percentage of public roads in poor condition, the number or percentage of deficient bridges in the state, the average amount of added vehicle costs from the wear and tear that a vehicle may have added, and the size of the road system throughout the entire state.
North Dakota's stats for the factors are as follows:
> Public roads in poor condition: 4.9% (2nd lowest)
> Deficient bridges: 21.3% (19th lowest)
> Added vehicle costs: $237 per motorist (14th lowest)
> Size of road system: 176,613 lane-miles (23rd largest)
Overall, these numbers helped the state reach number 49 on the list of 50 states with the "worst" roads (2nd best) with only Idaho coming in better standing on this list.
In case you're wondering who has the "worst road" in the U.S., counting down from 5 to 1 are: Hawaii, Wisconsin, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. The latter coming in with the following stats:
> Public roads in poor condition: 52.0% (the highest)
> Deficient bridges: 56.0% (the highest)
> Added vehicle costs: $467 per motorist (4th highest)
> Size of road system: 12,762 lane-miles (2nd smallest)
Sorry, Rhode Island.