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A Cross-State Comparison of Arkansas's Highway Financing and Infrastructure Quality. Arkansas Highway Facts. [1] Source: Federal Highway Administration (2007) [2] Source: Bureau of Legislative Research (2008). Arkansas and the Surrounding States. Source: Snyder, J. (2008)

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arkansas highway facts
Arkansas Highway Facts

[1] Source: Federal Highway Administration (2007)

[2] Source: Bureau of Legislative Research (2008)

arkansas and the surrounding states
Arkansas and the Surrounding States

Source: Snyder, J. (2008)

*Source: Federal Highway Administration (2007)

a comparison of arkansas s highway funding with the surrounding states
A Comparison of Arkansas’s Highway Funding with the Surrounding States
  • All the values presented exclude federal funding, thus only state-level highway department revenues are included.
  • Historical data covers the last 25 years. (1982-2006)
  • All values presented are in real terms.
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Highway Construction

Cost Index vs. Inflation

total highway revenues from 1982 2006
Total Highway Revenues from 1982-2006

Source: Federal Highway Administration

total highway revenues from 1982 20061
Total Highway Revenues from 1982-2006

Source: Federal Highway Administration

per capita highway revenues from 1982 2006
Per Capita Highway Revenues from 1982-2006

Source: Federal Highway Administration

per capita highway revenues from 1982 20061
Per Capita Highway Revenues from 1982-2006

Source: Federal Highway Administration

state highway department revenues per mile from 1982 2006
State Highway Department Revenues per Mile from 1982-2006

Source: Federal Highway Administration

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Arkansas Highway Department Revenues per Mile from 1982-2006

Source: Federal Highway Administration

25 year average highway funding per mile
25 Year Average Highway Funding per Mile
  • Louisiana ranks first in funding per mile
  • Arkansas ranks last among the states in this sample.
a comparison of arkansas s current road quality with the surrounding states
A Comparison of Arkansas’s Current Road Quality with the Surrounding States
  • Road Quality measured objectively using the International Roughness Index (IRI).
    • The IRI is an objective equipment-based measure that allows for cross-state comparisons of road quality.
  • Based on the IRI, a score value was calculated and the 7 states within the sample were ranked according to road quality.
arkansas road quality categories compared to the national average
Arkansas Road Quality Categories Compared To The National Average

[1] Source: American Society of Civil Engineers (2006)

overall trends
Overall Trends
  • Tennessee spends less per capita and per highway mile, but ranks highest in road quality.
  • Louisiana leads the region in highway funding per mile and ranks second in funding per capita, but has the poorest quality roads.
overall trends1
Overall Trends

The bottom line:

Based on our analysis, there is not a significant correlation between the IRI road quality index and funding.

This suggests that other factors may affect road quality other than the amount of funding received.

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Arkansas’s average highway funding since 1982 has increased 3.10%. (in real terms)
  • Among the 7 surrounding states, Arkansas ranks:
    • 4th in per capita funding
    • 7th in funding per highway mile
    • 3rd overall road quality (measured by the IRI)
  • Arkansas’s road quality is also above the national average.