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Kansas gov uses road rank to pitch more projects (KS)

Kansas gov uses road rank to pitch more projects (KS)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  /  March 15, 2010, 4:36PM ET



Joined by two former Republican governors who championed Kansas highway programs, Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson made a pitch Monday for more projects despite bleak state revenues.

Parkinson said while Kansas is ranked tops in the nation for its road system by Reader's Digest, it won't take long for that 10,000-mile system to deteriorate.

"If we go more than one or two or three years with the current level of spending on our highway maintenance, our roads will start crumbling," Parkinson said. "We can't let that happen. I'm very committed to get a new transportation plan so we can maintain this ranking."

Reader's Digest ranked Kansas tops in the nation, factoring safety statistics, pavement and bridge conditions, and congestion. Kansas was followed by Wisconsin, Montana, New Mexico and Utah. The rankings are listed in the April issue, which goes on sale Tuesday... FULL ARTICLE


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