Study Says Sacramento Area Roads Are Deteriorating

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, May 26, 2005

The report says 49% of the roads in the Sacramento area are in poor condition. And Carolyn Bonifas of The Road Information Program, or TRIP, the national transportation research group that released the study, says motorists pay a price.

"What that translates to for drivers is that they’re losing $593 every year – that’s the cost of increased maintenance, additional fuel costs and also additional vehicle depreciation."

She says pavement conditions are getting worse because of poor maintenance and increased traffic. The study is based on 2003 data from the Federal Highway Administration. San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose also rank in the top 10 cities with the worst roads.