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State drops to 41st in highway report

State drops to 41st in highway report

The Journal Record
By: Journal Record Staff
August 22, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) – Oklahoma’s highway system ranks 41st in the nation in overall cost-effectiveness and condition, according to the Annual Highway Report published Thursday by Reason Foundation.

The state’s ranking was down eight spots from the previous report where Oklahoma ranked 33rd overall. The state now ranks far behind Texas, Kansas, Missouri and other neighbors, according to Reason Foundation.

In safety and performance categories, Oklahoma ranked 38th in overall fatality rate, 42nd in structurally deficient bridges, 41st in urban interstate pavement condition and 36th in rural interstate pavement condition. On spending, Oklahoma ranks 37th in total spending per mile and 33rd in capital and bridge costs per mile.

“To improve in the rankings, Oklahoma needs to lower its percentage of structurally deficient bridges, improve its urban interstate pavement condition and reduce its urban fatality rate,” said Baruch Feigenbaum, lead author of the Annual Highway Report and assistant director of transportation at Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation.

Compared with nearby states, the report found Oklahoma’s overall highway performance is worse than Kansas, sixth; Missouri, third; Texas, 23rd; Arkansas, 32nd; and Colorado, 36th... FULL ARTICLE

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