Reason Foundation ranks Kansas roads third in the nation

ksroadKansas has some of the best roads in the country according to a study released Thursday by the Reason Foundation.

The Libertarian think tank’s study looked at 11 parameters including costs per mile, congestion, pavement condition, deficient bridges and fatalities.

Nationwide, only North Dakota and Montana ranked higher than Kansas overall.

Nebraska ranked fifth overall on the list, Missouri eighth, Colorado 34th and Oklahoma 37th.

“I’m pleased to see that Kansas is again recognized for our outstanding roadway system. I’m particularly pleased by this ranking because it considers what we’re spending and what we’re getting,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller.

“I think it’s a good indication that we get good value for the dollars we’re spending on our system and Kansans can feel good about that,” she said.

Lawmakers this year approved the state’s third 10-year transportation plan at the end of the legislative session. The plans have been widely credited with improving and maintaining the state’s road conditions.

The new plan covers roads, aviation and rail transportation and comes with an $8.2 billion price tag.

The plan does not stipulate the exact projects that will be paid for.

It raises $2.7 billion in new money through a $100 increase in heavy-truck registration, new bonds totaling about $1.1 billion and money from the three-year 1-cent state sales tax increase which lawmakers also passed during the session.

After three years, the state sales tax rate will decrease but 4/10ths of a cent will remain in place with the money dedicated to transportation projects.

The full study is available at Reason Foundation’s website.