Major roads in large cities need immediate repair

| 3/26/2002

Nearly one-fourth - 23 percent - of major roads in the nation's largest urban areas have significant deterioration and need immediate repair or reconstruction, according to a report released March 14 by The Road Information Program (TRIP), a nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC.

TRIP's report, "Rough Ride in the City: How Poor Road Conditions Increase Motorists' Costs," also concluded that motorists in the nation's major cities are paying an average of $358 per motorist in extra vehicle operating costs to drive on roads in need of repair. The report also provides recommended strategies that can help improve conditions.

TRIP analyzed data for major urban areas that was obtained from the Federal Highway Administration in putting together the report. The 10 urban areas with a population of 1 million or more, which had the highest percentage of roads in poor condition are Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, San Jose, San Francisco-Oakland, Oklahoma City, Sacramento and Grand Rapids.

Another 27 percent of the nation's roads are rated in mediocre condition and currently or soon will be in need of repairs to return them to good condition.