We no longer have the worst roads in America, as we did back in 2013.
They're now just second worst. Yay?
National transportation research organization TRIP today released its latest report on urban pavement conditions, transportation funding, travel trends and economic development.
"Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother," concluded that "73 percent of major roads in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana urban area are in poor condition, costing area drivers $1,031 each year in additional vehicle operating costs," according to a statement.
Only the roads of San Francisco-Oakland were worse (yeah, California has an infrastructure problem, but we're good as long as old white homeowners don't have to pay too much tax).
In those Bay Area cities, 74 percent of major roads were rated poor, according to TRIP. They beat us by one percentage point.
We also came in second to those towns when measuring vehicle operating costs (VOC) that result from crappy streets (you know the score — flat tires, bent rims, etc.). They cost each L.A.-area motorist an annual average of $1,031, according to the report:
The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana urban area ranks second among large urban areas (500,000+) in both the percentage of roads in poor condition and in the annual cost to motorists of driving on rough roads. Driving on roads in disrepair increases consumer costs by accelerating vehicle deterioration and depreciation and increasing needed maintenance, fuel consumption and tire wear.
Experts blamed a lack of federal funding for the condition of our roads. Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director:
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With state and local governments struggling to fund needed road repairs and with federal surface transportation funding set to expire this month, road conditions are projected to get even worse. Congress could reduce the extra costs borne by motorists driving on rough roads by authorizing a long-term, adequately funded federal transportation program that improves road conditions on the nation’s major roads and highways.
In the meantime, enjoy the ride.