Kansas’ highway system is miles ahead of most states in terms of overall condition, a national report found.

The Sunflower State was ranked the nation’s second best in overall highway performance and efficiency in a report released Tuesday by the Reason Foundation.

The foundation’s annual highway report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 11 categories, including pavement condition, deficient bridges, spending per mile and others, a foundation news release said.

“Kansas was able to achieve this performance while spending 24 percent less than the U.S. average in per-mile disbursements,” the report said.

The report’s rankings are based on 2009 data that states reported to the federal government, the most recent year with full spending statistics available. Kansas has consistently scored well in the Reason report, having been ranked number three in the nation in 2008 and 2007, the news release said.

“Kansans make the connection between good roads and the safety and economic well-being of the state,” Mike King, Kansas transportation secretary, said in the release. “They have long supported transportation improvements, not only to highways but to the entire transportation network that includes aviation, rail and transit.”

In 2010, Kansas highways were ranked the nation’s best in a report published in Reader’s Digest magazine.

To see the full report, go to the Reason Foundation website, reason.org