CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia ranks 32nd in the country in Reason magazine's 20th annual report on the Performance of State Highways Systems.
According to the report, the state has the fourth-highest highway fatality rate at 1.86 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles, a rate 60 percent higher than the national average.
The state also ranked 45th in percentage of bridges rated deficient, at 35.81 percent; and ranked 39th for condition of rural interstate roads, with 2.43 percent rated in poor condition.
Among positives, West Virginia had the fourth-lowest rate of urban interstate congestion.
West Virginia also had the second-lowest per-mile expenditure rate, at $40,436 per mile of state-maintained roadway. Only South Carolina was lower, at $31,379 per mile.
By contrast, the five top-spending states spent more than $500,000 per mile of state roadway, topped by New Jersey, at $1.2 million per mile.
"Overall, we're not surprised," state Division of Highways spokesman Brent Walker said of the report. "We're about middle-of-the-pack, at 32nd."
Walker said he also was not surprised that West Virginia ranked second in lowest expenditures per-mile on state highways.
"We do a pretty good job with the resources we're given," he said.
With 34,596 miles under state control, West Virginia operates the sixth-largest state highway system in the country, according to the Reason survey. West Virginia is one of a handful of states that has no county road system.
"Because we rank so highly in the number of miles we are responsible to maintain, these are things that put a burden on our state Road Fund," Walker said.