The non-profit Reason Foundation’s annual highway report ranks Nevada’ 20th in the nation for the condition of its highway system.
A spokesman for the foundation said that is a seven-state improvement from last year’s report.
Where Nevada shines is the condition of its bridges and overpasses that rank first in the nation. The state ranked second in the nation for the condition of its rural arterial pavement.
But Reason Foundation officials say the state’s rural fatality rate is 49th — second worst in the nation. And the foundation said the state’s administrative costs for maintenance seem out of line at 46th in the country.
Baruch Feigenbaum, lead author of the annual report, said if the state can reduce its rural fatality rate and cut administrative costs, it would be a top 10 state in the rankings.
Nevada is doing better than its neighbors to the west. California is 45th, Oregon 25th and Washington 42nd. But it’s doing significantly worse than Utah (sixth) and Idaho (eighth).