Rankings Highlight State's Road NeedsPosted: Updated:
A national highway report is shedding light on areas Indiana needs to improve. The California-based Reason Foundation ranks Indiana 22nd for the condition and cost-effectiveness of state roadways. Conexus Indiana Vice President David Holt believes "congestion points" throughout Indiana brought down its ranking. He also says the state must focus on fixing bridges that are deemed obsolete or deficient. You can read the full article in INdiana Connections by clicking here.
The study is based on data reported to the federal government for 2009, which is the most recent year with full statistics available. Holt says initiatives that began since 2010 will increase the state's ranking in the future. He says, if the report used 2012 data, "Indiana would have much better results."
Holt says the state is taking "positive steps in the right direction" with efforts including the Ohio River Bridges project and the improvement of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend.
In addition to traffic and bridge condition, the report evaluated states in categories including pavement condition and spending per mile on state roads.
Source: INdiana Connections