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New report ranks Illinois' state-run roads among nation's worst

Added 11-30-20 08:23:01am EST - “A new report puts the cost and condition of Illinois' state-run roads near the worst in the country.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “New report ranks Illinois' state-run roads among nation's worst”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A new report puts the cost and condition of Illinois’ state-run roads near the worst in the country.

The 25th Annual Highway Report, compiled by The Reason Foundation, looks at state highways in 13 different categories, including pavement condition, traffic congestion, structurally deficient bridges, traffic fatalities, and spending per mile.

The organization’s placed Illinois at 37th overall, behind all neighboring states, including second-ranked Missouri.

“It might be beneficial for Illinois DOT folks and Illinois leaders to speak with their counterparts in Missouri and see why they're able to, for example, maintain a roadway at a cost as much lower as Illinois,” said Baruch Feigenbaum, lead author of the report and senior managing director of transportation policy at Reason Foundation. “Ask how they're able to get such smooth pavement.”

Illinois ranks 32nd in structurally deficient bridges, 32nd in urban interstate pavement condition, and 42nd in capital and bridge costs per mile. Its worst category performance was traffic congestion, ranking 49th.

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