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OCT 2016

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6 • ROCK products • October 2016 I N D U S T RY N E W S IN THE KNOW The nation's top-performing, most cost-effective highways are in South Car- olina, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska and Maine, according to Reason Foun- dation's Annual Highway Report. The study finds the worst-performing, least cost-effective highway systems are found in Alaska, New Jersey, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Reason Foundation's Annual High- way Report tracks the performance of state-owned highway systems in 11 categories, including highway spending, pavement and bridge condition, traffic congestion and fatality rates. The study is based on spending and performance data that state highway agencies sub- mitted to the federal government for 2013, the most recent year with com- plete data available. The numbers show a widening perfor- mance gap emerging. Most states are making some small progress with their state highway systems but there is a group of states that are struggling and failing to improve. Nationally, pavement conditions in sev- eral categories worsened slightly, with the amount of urban Interstate pave- ment, rural Interstate pavement and rural arterial pavement in poor condi- tion all increasing marginally. The Annual Highway Report finds that some of the nation's worst highway problems are concentrated in a few states. For example, almost half, 48 percent, of the country's urban Inter- state pavement in poor condition can be found in just five states: California, Louisiana, Michigan, New York and Texas. Likewise, half of the rural Inter- state pavement in poor condition can be found in five states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Indiana and Washington. On the positive side, the percentage of deficient bridges across the country are decreasing. However, six states – Con- necticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – report that more than one-third of their bridges are still deficient or function- ally obsolete. Reducing traffic fatalities has been a long-term success story and just four states – Montana, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia – reported fatality rates greater than 1.5 per 100 million vehicle-miles travelled. Due to changes in the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) reporting methods, traffic congestion figures in the new report are not comparable to previous editions. Reason Foundation's latest Annual Highway Report finds commuters in more than 40 states, including such unexpected places as Idaho and North Dakota, now waste at least 20 hours a year stuck in traffic. Drivers in more than 20 states suffer annual conges- tion delays of at least 40 hours per year, meaning they lose the equivalent of a full workweek each year to traffic jams. Annual Report Reveals Best, Worst States for Highways FAST FACT Reason Foundation's Annual Highway Re- port tracks the perfor- mance of state-owned highway systems in 11 categories.

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