Comparing data from 1989 and 2008, Texas improved in six of seven categories assessing road-related improvements, according to a report released Thursday by the Reason Foundation, a Libertarian-leaning Los Angeles think tank. Fewer state-maintained roads were in poor condition in 2008 than in 1989 in both urban and rural areas, and roadway fatalities declined.
The only area in which Texas didn’t improve was in the percentage of rural roads too narrow for current specifications. Study author David Hartgen said this could stem from poor measuring in 1989.
“Roads are considerably better now than they were then,” said Hartgen, emeritus professor of transportation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.