The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 June 2007

Mean streets

Oh, sorry, I meant "average roads."

The Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, has issued its 16th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems (19842005). (If that sounds like more than 16 years to you, you're not alone.) Here's what they had to say about Oklahoma:

In 2005, Oklahoma reported 13,389 miles of highway under the state control. The state ranked 24th in the overall performance rankings in 2005, as compared to 31st in 2000. Oklahoma's best ratings were for capital/bridge disbursements per mile of responsibility (11th), receipts per mile of responsibility (14th), total disbursements per mile of responsibility (15th), urban interstate congestion (15th), rural primary pavement narrow (15th) and maintenance disbursements per mile of responsibility (17th). Its lowest ratings were for urban interstate condition (46th), deficient bridges (42nd), rural primary pavement condition (38th) and fatality rate (33rd). Oklahoma's worse-than-average system performance is offset by its relatively low unit costs.

Although I'd hate to have to extend this you-get-what-you-pay-for premise to, say, the New Crosstown, which promises to deliver anything but.

According to the Reason numbers, 14.11 percent of our urban Interstate is rated Poor, a bit more than twice the national mean. This implies that more than 85 percent is not rated Poor, which makes me wonder just how bad a road has to get to be tagged as Poor.

Posted at 7:56 PM to Driver's Seat , Soonerland