Although Fatalities Decline, Maryland Roads Among Worst in Nation

An annual study by the Reason Foundation has found that Maryland’s roads rank 43rd out of the 50 states.  Rankings are based on the following criteria: pavement condition, road congestion, and costs of highway maintenance, administration and construction programs.

The report blames Maryland’s poor ranking on traffic congestion and per-mile spending, which were among the worst in the country in 2008, the latest period for which the foundation has data.

Maryland spent on average more than $400,000 for maintenance, administration and construction on each mile of its roughly 5,400-mile highway system. Only six states spent more per mile, according to the report.

While Maryland’s roadways rank poorly compared to other states, the number of fatalities have dropped 7.4%.  This has been attributed to seat belt use and drunk driving campaigns.

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