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Report: Florida Roads High In Quality But Expensive

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The libertarian think tank The Reason Foundation ranks Florida’s highways in the lower half of states.  The roads get high marks for quality but lower ones for cost. 

The Reason Foundation has ranked state highway systems against the national average for 22 years now.  The study’s author David Hartgen says although the costs for Florida’s system are high, the roads’ quality is high too.

“It’s a large system—12,000 miles," Hartgen says, "but if you look at how much money they have available they have almost two and half times as much as the average state has.  And so one could reasonably ask do we have better performance and the answer is yes.”

Florida roads rank in the top ten for rural pavement conditions.  The state also ranks 11th for bridges and 12th for urban interstate conditions.  But Florida comes in near the bottom in terms of per-mile cost rankings.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.