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Kansas highways rank No 5 in new study

Kansas’ No. 5 ranking represents a slight decline from 2011 when the state ranked third, and from 2009 when the state ranked second.
Kansas’ No. 5 ranking represents a slight decline from 2011 when the state ranked third, and from 2009 when the state ranked second. File photo

Kansas ranks fifth in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness according to a report released Thursday.

The Annual Highway Report by the Reason Foundation, a Libertarian think tank in Los Angeles, ranks Wyoming first, followed by Nebraska, South Dakota and South Carolina.

Hawaii, Alaska and New Jersey have the least cost-effective systems, according to the report.

Kansas’ No. 5 ranking represents a slight decline from 2011 when the state ranked third, and from 2009 when the state ranked second.

Kansas last ranked fifth in the report in 2006. It was third in 2008, 2007 and 2005. There was no report in 2010.

Kansas highways also rank 33rd in fatality rate in the new report, 15th in the percentage of deficient bridges, first in rural Interstate pavement condition, fifth in rural arterial pavement condition, 11th in urban Interstate pavement condition and third in urban Interstate congestion, according to the report.

On spending, Kansas ranks 27th in total disbursements per mile and 17th in administrative disbursements per mile.

Kansas has the 27th largest state-controlled highway system in the country, the report says.

The study is based primarily on 2012 spending and performance data submitted by state highway agencies to the federal government. The report includes Interstate, federal and state roads but not county or local roads.

“Kansans and their leaders should be proud of the highway system they have supported through long-term funding programs since 1989,” Transportation Secretary Mike King said in a news release issued by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Reach Fred Mann at 316-268-6310 or fmann@wichitaeagle.com.

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