Report: state’s highways rank in middle

Published 9:09 pm Sunday, September 5, 2010

ST. PAUL (AP) — A new report gives Minnesota’s freeways a C for congestion and poor pavement condition.

The state slid 10 spots to No. 25 in a new ranking of highways in all 50 states.

The report came last week from the Reason Foundation, a nonpartisan, libertarian-oriented group.

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Deteriorating rural freeways and congested urban interstate highways hurt Minnesota’s standing, even though the state has one of the lowest rates of traffic deaths and relatively few bridges in poor condition.

The report ranked the states using 2008 data to look at 11 factors, including cost per mile, deficient bridges, traffic deaths and congestion.