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The Cost of Bad Roads

Friday, September 10, 2010   (0 Comments)
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DETROIT, MI (Michigan Radio) - Crumbling Detroit roads are costing drivers $536 a year. That's according to a new study by a national transportation research group, called TRIP.

The non-profit studied road conditions in big cities throughout the United States. It found that overall roads in big cities are in bad shape.


TRIP says 38% of Detroit's roads are in poor condition. TRIP's Carolyn Bonifas says bad roads directly hurt people's pocketbooks.


"So if you hit a pothole and have to replace a tire or your car gets banged up and that. It also increases in gas consumption, and more rapid tire wear. It really does take a toll on your vehicle and that's where that money comes out." 


TRIP suggests repairing urban roads sooner rather than later would make the roads better, save individuals money, create jobs and boost the economy.

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