Now, it's not like I have to tell you that the roads here in Connecticut are bad, but maybe this latest report will open some eyes.

Connecticut is one of, if not the wealthiest state in the nation, but you would never know it by driving around on our roads. As someone in New Hampshire said to me recently, "Oh, you're from Connecticut, the road construction state."

If the roads themselves aren't bad enough, we drivers have to put up with endless road work. Not a day goes by when there's not a construction project going on somewhere on my way to or from work.

So, when I read this recent study put out by the Reason Foundation and saw that Connecticut raked 44th out of 50 for their Highway System, I wasn't surprised at all. Wait, I take that back. I was a little surprised. You mean there are actually six states where the roads are worse?

Now, here's where we really start to live up to our reputation. On spending, Connecticut ranks 47th in total disbursements per mile and 50th in administrative disbursements per mile.

If you're looking for the silver lining in this road cloud of doom, the percentage of deficient bridges across the country are decreasing. However, Connecticut, along with five other states, report that more than 1/3 of their bridges are still deficient or functionally obsolete. Wow, that was close. I thought for one second that we'd hear some good news about Connecticut Roads. But not today, not this month, and probably not this year -- we have a reputation to live up to. Don't forget, Connecticut is "The Road Construction State".

Here's the overall performance and cost-effectiveness rankings in Reason Foundation's 22nd Annual Highway Report:

  1. South Carolina
  2. South Dakota
  3. Kansas
  4. Nebraska
  5. Maine
  6. Montana
  7. North Dakota
  8. Wyoming
  9. Ohio
  10. Mississippi
  11. New Mexico
  12. Missouri
  13. Utah
  14. Kentucky
  15. North Carolina
  16. Idaho
  17. Oklahoma
  18. Tennessee
  19. Texas
  20. Alabama
  21. Georgia
  22. Nevada
  23. Oregon
  24. Arizona
  25. West Virginia
  26. New Hampshire
  27. Minnesota
  28. Wisconsin
  29. Illinois
  30. Virginia
  31. Michigan
  32. Florida
  33. Arkansas
  34. Louisiana
  35. Colorado
  36. Indiana
  37. Delaware
  38. Maryland
  39. Pennsylvania
  40. Iowa
  41. Vermont
  42. California
  43. Washington
  44. Connecticut
  45. New York
  46. Massachusetts
  47. Rhode Island
  48. Hawaii
  49. New Jersey
  50. Alaska