- Reuters/Brendan McDermid
- Infrastructure remains a major topic of debate in Washington, DC and across the country.
- Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Sløk circulated a map illustrating how road quality varies across the 50 states.
Infrastructure remains a contentious topic in American discourse. Large swaths of the nation’s roads, airports, power and water systems, and public transit facilities are in a sad state of disrepair, and the political debate over how to go about addressing the problem is a central theme in Washington.
One of the most visible parts of the United States’ infrastructure – the quality of the roads Americans drive on every day – varies widely across the country.
Deutsche Bank’s Torsten Sløk circulated a map showing road quality in each US state, based on U.S. News’ ranking of states’ road infrastructure. The darker states had a higher proportion of major roads in poor condition in 2016:
- Deutsche Bank
As Sløk pointed out, Northeastern states like New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts fared poorly in the ranking. U.S. News noted that the proportion of poor quality roads ranged from 4% in Georgia to around half in California and Rhode Island.