By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Nevada, Utah and Oregon have the first, second and third best transportation infrastructure in the United States, respectively, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Oregon, Washington state and Utah ranked first through third in overall infrastructure when use of renewable energy and internet access are also included.

“The condition of infrastructure is key to evaluating the quality of life for any state’s citizens,” the publication said. “President Donald Trump has vowed to invest $1 trillion to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges, ports and other public works. But the shortage of skilled construction workers left from the 2007 to 2009 recession has driven up the costs of projects, and limited state budgets pose a challenge for infrastructure.”

President Trump is likely to address the nation’s infrastructure challenges in his Jan. 30 State of the Union address.