A new report says an unacceptable 21 percent of rural highways in the state of Washington are poorly rated, that's the 12th highest in the nation.

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According to TRIP, a national non-profit transportation research group based in the nation's capital, the study also cites 5 percent of the state's rural bridges were rated as structurally deficient. The rate of fatalities on the state's rural roads ranked 23rd in the nation. The rate was 2.2 fatalities per 100 million vehicle traffic miles, about triple the fatality rate on other roads in the state.