JACKSON, Miss.- Your Mississippi highways’ condition has improved. Mississippi now ranks 8th in the nation for overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the latest Annual Highway Report by Reason Foundation.
Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said, “I’m particularly proud that cost-effectiveness is on there. What that means, in football jargon, is that we’re in the top ten in the coaches poll for the effective way we spend the tax payers money.”
Although the highway condition has improved some, the fatality rates on the roads are extremely high.
“I hate to admit that we are ranked 43 in highway fatalities and that is totally unacceptable.” Hall said that’s because, “A lot of our two lane roads need to be four lane.” Hall also said some of the numbers are skewed due to having a lot of roads and a smaller population.
The Magnolia state ranks 43rd in fatality rate, 21st in deficient bridges, 30th in rural interstate pavement condition, 6th in urban interstate pavement condition and 2nd in urban interstate congestion.
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