Louisiana's highways rank 35th in the nation

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 1:35pm

Louisiana's state highway system is ranked 35th in the nation in overall highway performance and efficiency in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.

Louisiana ranked 36th and 43rd in the previous two reports. Reason Foundation's Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 11 categories.

Louisiana ranks next to last, 49th, in fatality rate, 39th in deficient bridges, 44th in urban interstate condition, 26th in rural interstate pavement condition, and 20th in urban interstate congestion.

The state does a good job controlling administrative costs, ranking 9th.

It ranks 21st in maintenance spending per mile. With 16,694 miles under the state highway control, it is the 14th largest system.

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

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