Transportation Makes Arizona Work!


Arizona’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (Arizona)

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average Arizona motorist pays 82¢ per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 34 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 31 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 17 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 0 cents/day in tolls

The average Arizona household spends 7 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

Arizona spends $144 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. Arizona ranks #49 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

Driving on poor roads costs the average Arizona motorist $247 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

How Our Money is Spent (Arizona)

How Our Money is Spent

This is How the Arizona Transportation Department Spends Our Highway User Money

This is How We Compare to Neighboring States

Source of Funding for Arizonaa’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years

How Arizona Invests Its Federal Highway Funds

The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $10 billion in road and bridge work in Arizona just over the past 10 years, including $2.3 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.

Employment & Tax Impact (Arizona)

Employment & Tax Impact

Arizona Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in Arizona’s transportation infrastructure supports…

65,357 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related.  These Arizona residents earn $2.5 billion annually and contribute $465 million in local, state, and federal taxes.

1,139,901 full time jobs in the state in key industries like tourism, trucking, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure network.  These Arizona residents earn $44 billion annually and contribute $7.9 billion in state taxes.

State of Our Roads & Bridges (Arizona)

State of Our Roads & Bridges

862 miles of Arizona’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Tuscon to San Francisco — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average Arizona motorist $247 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

246 bridges in Arizona are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 1.6 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 10 miles of structurally deficient bridges in Arizona. 135 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in Arizona spent $510 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.

Sources: ARTBA analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Employment and tax information from ARTBA’s 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile. 

Updated June 2016