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Ohio's Highways Are Improving Compared To The Rest Of The Country

The results of an online survey will be combined with technical data to design possible improvements of the I-75/275 interchange, which currently carries more than twice the amount of traffic it was designed for.
The results of an online survey will be combined with technical data to design possible improvements of the I-75/275 interchange, which currently carries more than twice the amount of traffic it was designed for.

A new report finds that compared to the rest of the country, Ohio’s highways are getting better.

The study comes from the , a nonpartisan think tank focused on market oriented solutions. It measured traffic fatalities, congestion and construction costs. 

Baruch Feigenbaum is the lead author on the report. He says Ohio's overall ranking has improved.

"Ohio's strength is doing well in just about every category and not doing poorly in any one category, and so the gradual improvement is the biggest reason for the gain from, I think it's 26 to 18th," Feigenbaum said. "And so it looks like Ohio's strength is being able to maintain its roadways at a relatively low cost and I think that's the biggest factor."

The state had its best scores in rural and overall fatality rates. But it scored among the worst for urban pavement conditions and bridge disbursements per mile.

When it comes to neighboring states, only Kentucky scored higher ranking fifth nationally overall.

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David Williams is an intern at WKSU for summer 2019. A junior at Kent State, Williams is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism. Williams has reported for The Kent Stater, the university’s student-run newspaper, since spring 2018. His interests include history and politics.
Carter is a senior journalism student at Kent State University and multimedia intern with WKSU. His concentration is in documentary photography, focusing on political unrest and working-class issues. He has worked on stories both local and abroad, having covered the 2016 Republican National Convention and the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.