According to a report issued last week by TRIP, a national transportation research group that advocates for state and federal spending on highway maintenance, a large portion of the state’s bridges and highways are in poor condition. And drivers end up paying for this, in the form of additional repair costs and vehicle depreciation, among other things.
TRIP found that 37 percent of major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways are in poor condition, while more than one-third of the state’s bridges are deficient or do not meet modern design standards. As a result, drivers in Syracuse are paying an additional $477 per year, while drivers in Buffalo pay an additional $294 and Rochester drivers an additional $402.
Unshackle Upstate highlighted the need for the state’s roads and bridges to be properly maintained in our January 2015 report, which can be found here.