ROADS/BRIDGES: Traffic, deteriorating roads cost California drivers billions annually

Roads and bridges in poor condition across the state significantly contribute to costs for motorists

Maintenance News Equipment World's Better Roads August 19, 2016
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California motorists are hit with $53.6 billion per year in additional costs due to congested roads and deteriorating road conditions, according to a recent report by The Road Improvement Program (TRIP).


The report finds that rough roads are responsible for $18.3 billion (34.14%) of the total cost, in the form of accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, increased fuel consumption and tire wear.


Congestion-related delays account for $28 billion (52.24%) and traffic crashes make up $7.3 billion (13.62%).


The average per driver varies across the state, but the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area holds the highest, at $2,826 per driver.


TRIP finds 37% of the state’s major locally and state-maintained roads are in poor condition, with 42% being in mediocre to fair condition and 21% in good condition.


Major urban roads are in worse condition, with 50% being in poor condition, 37% in mediocre or fair condition and 12% in good condition. Rural roads are a bit better, with 22% in poor condition, 48% in mediocre or fair condition and 30% in good condition.


The organization reports 25% of California’s bridges show significant deterioration or do not meet current design standards, with 8% being structurally deficient and 17% considered functionally obsolete.


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