Building and maintaining a quality roadway network is critical to the movement of people, goods and services. Overall, Louisiana highways are in poor shape. The state ranks 14th worst in the nation in performance and cost effectiveness. Of the 11 categories in the ranking, the state is in the bottom 10 in three: urban Interstate pavement condition (2nd worst), fatality rate (7th worst), and rural Interstate pavement condition (9th worst). The state ranks in the bottom 20 in three other categories: poor arterial pavement condition (11th worst), percentage of deficient bridges (12th worst) and urban area congestion (20th worst). While individual numbers vary slightly from year to year, the state’s overall ranking has remained in the bottom 20 every year since 2012 (between 11th and 17th worst in the country each year).