Study Shows Iowa Ranks Poorly in Highway Maintenance Spending

Iowa highway. (WHO-HD)

Iowa highway. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — As we prepare for winter, Iowa road crews are working to wrap up road projects around the state and have highways ready for the cold and snow Iowans expect in the coming months.

While construction may be a common sight, a new report has Iowa falling behind in highway conditions.

The Reason Foundation compares states on spending and performance data from highway agencies. They use that to create cost-effectiveness rankings.

Between 2011 and 2013 Iowa dropped almost thirty spots. The latest data ranks it 40th.

The report puts the cause as a decrease in per mile spending while rural arterial and urban interstate pavement conditions worsen.