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      Report ranks Missouri roads 8th in the nation

      A new report from a libertarian-leaning think tank rates Missouri's highway system eighth in the nation for overall condition and cost-effectiveness.

      The annual survey by the Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation was based on data from 2009, the latest year with full spending statistics available.

      With about 34,000 miles of highway under state control, Missouri's is the seventh largest state-administered system in the country.

      The report ranked Missouri first in the nation for the condition of rural interstate pavement, but 18th for urban interstate pavement condition. The study also ranks Missouri 16th in urban interstate congestion, 28th in fatality rates and 37th in deficient bridges.