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Report: N.Y. roads rank among worst

The state’s road conditions are among some of the worst in the country, a new report released by Reason Foundation states.

Report: N.Y. roads rank among worst

The state’s road conditions are among some of the worst in the country, a new report released by Reason Foundation states.
The 17th annual report on the Performance of State Highway Systems ranks New York 45th for overall highway performance, an improvement over its ranking of 48th last year.
New York—which has nearly 16,000 miles of state-owned highways—ranked sixth for its low highway fatality rate of 1.022 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles. The state’s worst ranking was for its deficient bridges. In 2006—the year on which the report is based—more than 38 percent of New York bridges were considered structurally deficient or obsolete, ranking the state 47th. Bridges rated as deficient are eligible for federal repair dollars, the report states.
The state improved in terms of overall cost-effectiveness, ranking 45th in the current report, compared with 48th last year. North Dakota ranked the most cost-effective.
New York ranked 45th for its rural interstate condition, with 8 percent of its rural mileage in rough condition, an improvement from 13 percent the previous year. Twenty-two states reported no poor mileage, while five states reported less than 1 percent of its rural roads in poor condition.
The state’s urban roads faired only slightly better in terms of rankings. New York ranked 44th in urban interstate condition, with nearly 12 percent of roads in poor condition. That compares with nearly 17 percent in last year’s report. Eight states reported no poor conditions on urban roads.
Nearly 52 percent of New York’s urban interstate roads are congested, the report states, ranking it 35th. Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming ranked first with no urban interstate congestion. California ranked last with more than 83 percent of its urban roads congested.
Reason Foundation is a public policy research institution based in Los Angeles.

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