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Report: Driving On Deteriorated Urban Roads Costing Motorists $1,049 Annually

Report: Driving On Deteriorated Urban Roads Costing Motorists $1,049 Annually

AASHTO Journal
October 19, 2018 

A new study issued by TRIP Inc. claims that driving on deteriorated urban roads costs U.S. motorists an average of $1,049 annually in additional vehicle repair needs, extra maintenance, higher fuel consumption and tire wear, plus accelerated vehicle deterioration and depreciation.

“Drivers are paying a hefty price for our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges,” noted Kathleen Bower, AAA senior vice president of public affairs and international relations, in a statement. “Those traveling daily through urban cities bear the weight of the problem – with many wasting thousands of dollars each year on rising transportation costs due to pot holes and wasted fuel.”

TRIP said its 24-page report – entitled Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to make our Roads Smoother and released on Oct. 17 – examined urban pavement conditions, transportation funding, travel trends and economic development across the nation’s large (500,000-plus population) and mid-sized (200,000 to 500,000 population) urban areas.

The group then calculated the additional costs passed on to motorists as a result of driving on rough roads, as well as charting the top 20 large- and mid-sized urban areas with the highest share of pavements in poor condition on major locally and state-maintained roads and highways, as well as the areas with the highest vehicle operating costs or VOCs incurred due to those pavement conditions... FULL ARTICLE

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