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Kansas ranks high for highways

Many state lawmakers are still hoping to pass some form of new transportation plan this year. But given the state's budget problems, prospects aren't good — particularly for a new 10-year comprehensive plan. It's also difficult to argue that the state's highways are in bad shape when the Reason Foundation last month ranked Kansas as having the third-best highway system in the nation. The libertarian group rated Kansas first for system performance and for rural interstate condition. It also ranked Kansas high for its low percentages of urban interstates that were congested (11th) and in poor condition (10th) and its low numbers of rural arterials in poor condition (10th) and with narrow lanes (ninth).