Report: Over 70 percent of roads in some cities have urgent repair needs

A recent report by a national transportation research group concluded that the deterioration of the nation’s urban roads could pose economic hardships for drivers.

The report by TRIP, a national transportation research group, said more than 70 percent of the thoroughfares in some urban areas are in dire need of repair. Overall, more than a quarter of the nation’s major roads are in poor condition, with an additional 41 percent rated mediocre or fair.

The report also indicated that poor roads cost the average urban driver $516 per year in unnecessary repair and fuel costs. Across the nation, this adds up to more than $100 billion annually.

Extensive funds will be required to repair the nation’s roads – $740 billion, based on a 2015 report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials – and American drivers are already paying a high price every day.

Additionally, poor infrastructure decreases the profitability of businesses by making it more difficult to connect with suppliers and customers.

In providing recommendations for the future, TRIP said the federal government is an important source of funding for highways and that the lack of a long-term surface-transportation bill threatens the future condition of roads and bridges across the nation. This investment in infrastructure would provide substantial short- and long-term benefits, the report said. The entire report can be found online at www.tripnet.org/docs/Urban_Roads_TRIP_Report_July_2015.pdf.

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