Florida’s road conditions
As of 2008, 78% of Florida’s state-owned major roads were in “good” condition, meaning they were smooth and without potholes. 21% of Florida’s roads had fallen out of good condition, meaning they will now be increasingly expensive to repair and maintain. The condition of 1% of Florida’s roads was not reported.
Florida’s highway spending priorities
Between 2004 and 2008, Florida spent 48% of its highway capital expenditures on road expansion – $2.2 billion each year on average – and 25% on repair and maintenance of existing roads – $1.1 billion. That 48% of spending went to expand Florida’s road network by 1,173 lane-miles.
Florida would need to spend a minimum of $950 million annually for the next twenty years to get the current backlog of poor-condition major roads into a state of good repair and maintain all state-owned roads in good condition. Florida should be commended for its commitment in recent years to keeping roads in good condition. Prioritizing maintenance moving forward will be crucial to preserving the growing road network.
Florida’s road condition goals
Florida uses the Pavement Condition Survey to measure road conditions and aims to maintain at least 80% of state-owned highway system in “fair” or better condition by the end of 2015.
For more information about Florida’s pavement management program, including the source and methodology for the above information, see the appendices of Repair Priorities.
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Smart Transportation Florida: Save Money and Growth the Economy
This Smart Growth America report provides more extensive analysis of Florida’s transportation spending priorities and recommendations for how state leaders can make the most of Florida’s transportation funds.