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Foundation gives high marks to Kansas highway system

September 3, 2010

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— A California foundation has ranked the Kansas state highway system third-best in the nation based on performance and cost-effectiveness.

The ranking by the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles is based on 11 indicators, including highway spending, pavement and bridge condition and fatalities. Kansas has ranked third each of the past two years of the study.

North Dakota was ranked first, followed by Montana in the report released Thursday.

Earlier this year, Reader's Digest magazine ranked Kansas roads best in the nation based on several criteria, including condition of pavement.

Kansas enacted a 10-year, $8.2 billion transportation program this spring to make additional improvements.

Comments

Lynn731 3 years, 7 months ago

I think of this every time I hit a pothole, which is very frequently. Something is wrong here. Texas has good roads, but Kansas? I don't think so. Thank you, Lynn

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average 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm kinda scratching my head here. Reason Foundation rating public roads systems? Aren't they the anarcho-libertarian-capitalist people funded by the Kochs?

Under their dream, total user-fee paid deregulated roads, I'd be shocked if there was any 4-lane road in the state outside the KC-Topeka corridor. Nor any more than the absolute minimum maintenance necessary (quarterly statements overriding long-term concerns). I mean, check out the Ambassador bridge in Detroit some time.

Reason Foundation rating roads seems like the AMA rating cigarette flavors.

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sad_lawrencian 3 years, 7 months ago

Good for Kansas. Yes this state does have good highways. Never mind that the terrain is mostly flat (which helps considerably), the roads mainly go straight, and the population is relatively low. Now what if this was Colorado or Connecticut?

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