A new report of somewhat questionable application to Alaska comes from the otherwise reasonably-named Reason Foundation. It says Alaska has the worst state-owned highway system in the nation. The ranking is for the year 2009, and Alaska has ranked either last or second-to-last since they started ranking states in 2005.
One interesting tidbit from the report is that Alaska ranks 37th in miles of state highway with 7,401 miles. That's more than 13 other states including Arizona (7,142), New Jersey (3,333) and last-place Hawaii (1,011).
A major factor in our low ranking is apparently the percentage of rural highway miles in poor condition: at 5.88 percent we rank 45th. Using a slightly different measure of 'rural principal arteries' puts us last with over ten percent of such roads in poor condition. On the bright side, Alaska ranks fifth best for congestion.