At a time when Texas is wrestling with major challenges to it's highway infrastructure, a new report says we're actually doing better than most states in dealing with transportation issues, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  The Reason Foundation says Texas ranks number 11 out of the 50 states ion categories ranging from prompt highway repair to dealing with congestion.

  "Texas has made quite a bit of progress," David Hartgen, the author of the study,' told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board. "Particularly the fatal accident has come down.  The Interstate condition is much better than the national average."


  He concedes that Texas needs to spend more money on highways to keep up with it's growing population.  The Special Session of the Legislature, if it can take a breath from the abortion debate, is considering a bill that would designate about $1 billion a year from the state's oil and gas royalty money to pay for road construction.  TxDOT says the need is for more like $4 billion a year.


  But Hartgen says Texas highways are pretty good.


  "Texas has improved on six of the seven areas that we track," he said.  "It's only on the percentage of narrow lanes in rural areas where they have really lost ground."

  He says Texas also ranks poorly in dealing with increasing serious urban traffic jams.