Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Study Ranks Virginia Highway System 18th in the Nation

According to the Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report, state highway conditions are the best they’ve been in 19 years. And Virginia drivers should be proud. The Commonwealth of Virginia ranked 18th on the foundations list for best roads.

The foundation's report looked at 11 indicators, including congestion, pavement condition, costs per mile, deficient bridges and fatalities.

An Associated Press report notes that Virginia received high marks in several categories but fell short in others. Virginia ranked first for rural interstate condition, third for state-controlled highway miles and fourth for capital and bridge disbursements. The commonwealth ranked 45th for narrow rural lanes, 32nd for deficient or functionally obsolete bridges and 29th for urban interstate condition.

The report noted that the recession is partly responsible for the improvement in road conditions: people are driving less which has helped slow pavement deterioration and reduced traffic congestion and fatalities.

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1 comment:

  1. I find it hard to believe that there are 32 states in the U.S. that have worse roads than Virginia!