New report shows state highways in good shape

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A new report on the condition of the USA’s state highways finds that they are in the best shape they have been in nearly 20 years.

The annual study by the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based, libertarian, non-profit think tank, credits road improvement progress man by states and decreased wear and tear as commuters and commercial truckers drove less during the recession.

“Lo and behold, we’ve actually been making slow but steady progress on most performance measures,” says report author David Hartgen, professor emeritus of transportation studies at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The study says states did a better job of maintaining and repairing roads and bridges in 2008, the most recent year for which complete data are available. “Human nature focuses on the pothole rather than the couple of miles of smooth pavement in front of and after the pothole,” Hartgen says.

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