A survey conducted by the Alabama Department of Transportation found that Houston County has the state's best-maintained roads.
It’s the fourth year in a row the county has been honored.
DOT said its 2004 maintenance inspection report gave Houston County a 94 average, in 2003 the county received a 92.
County roads are graded on asphalt conditions, shoulders and ditches, striping, the rights of way and road signs.
Houston County Engineer Mark Pool believes the emphasis on higher quality rural roads is a key factor in a decline in the number of traffic accidents and fatalities from 2001 to 2003.