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Kansas roads rank second in U.S.


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

Kansas' state highway system is ranked the nation's second best in overall highway performance and efficiency in a report released Tuesday by the Reason Foundation.

The annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 11 categories, including pavement condition, deficient bridges, spending per mile and more.

"Kansas was able to achieve this performance while spending 24 percent less than the U.S. average in per-mile disbursements," the report said.

The report's rankings are based on data states reported to the federal government for 2009, the most recent year with full spending statistics available.

Kansas consistently has scored well in the Reason report, having been ranked No. 3 in the nation in both 2008 and 2007.

In 2010, Kansas highways were ranked the nation's best in a report published in Reader's Digest magazine.

To see the full report, visit reason.org.