Study: N.J. tops list of states with the worst roads

Roads in New Jersey are among the worst in the nation, according to a new report.

The analysis by CoPilot, a car-shopping app, found that out of all the states, New Jersey ranked third-worst for roads in the U.S., underneath only Rhode Island (47.9%) and California (46.2%). Georgia (6.1%), Tennessee (8.6%) and Florida (8.7%) have the best road conditions. In New Jersey, 42.4% of all major roads are in poor condition, compared to the national average of 26.4%. New Jersey also has 8.2% of interstates/freeways, 39.2% of arterials and 58% of minor arterials in poor condition.

Overall, states in the south have better road conditions than states in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

To figure out which states had the worst roads, researchers at CoPilot analyzed the Federal Highway Administration’s road quality statistics. Using that data, CoPilot then ranged each state based on a percentage of road-miles categorized as poor.

Here’s some New Jersey-based data:

  • Interstates and freeways in poor condition: 8.2% (5.8% nationwide)
  • Arterials in poor condition: 39.2% (26.4% nationwide)
  • Minor arterials in poor condition: 58% (34.5% nationwide)
  • Daily vehicle-miles per capita: 23.9 (24.9% nationwide)
  • Miles of road per 1,000 people: 4 (4.9% nationwide)

Among large urban areas with the worst roads, the New York-Newark metro area ranked No. 4 due to 45.5% of all major roads, 18.7% of interstates and freeways, 53.2% of arterials and 48.3% of minor arterials in poor conditions as well as 16 daily vehicle-miles per capita and 2.4 miles of road per 1,000 people. The state also ranked in the Philadelphia metro area (includes parts of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland) at No. 13.

Among small urban areas, Trenton ranked No. 15 and Atlantic City ranked No. 37.