Texas ranks 11th in national road conditions, cost-effectiveness
POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 12:46pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 1:11pm
Texas (KETK) — Texas' state highway system is ranked 11th in the nation in overall highway performance and efficiency in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.
Texas ranked 13th and 17th in the previous two reports. With 80,212 miles under state highway control, it is the second-largest system in the country-just slightly behind North Carolina. Despite its large size, this system has performed well over the years, ranking consistently in the top 20 since 2000. Texas ranks 13th in deficient bridges, 26th in urban interstate pavement condition, 27th in rural interstate pavement condition, 35th in fatality rate, and 39th in urban interstate congestion.
Texas' per-mile spending is almost 20 percent below the national average and it manages to beat the national average in every category except urban interstate congestion (four percent worse than the average) and fatality rate (17 percent worse than the national average). The state spent $117,439 per mile in 2009.