Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How bad are the roads in your state?

According to The Road Information Program, which says it supports policies to reduce traffic congestion, "traffic crashes and fatalities on rural roads are disproportionately high, occurring at a rate nearly three times higher than all other roads," the Portland Press Herald reports.

"Years of inadequate transportation funding have left a deficient rural transportation network that does not meet present-day demands," said Janet Kavinoky, executive director of transportation and infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The 10 states with the highest non-Interstate traffic deaths in 2013 were Texas, California, North Carolina, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. "A lack of desirable roadway safety features, longer emergency vehicle response times" and higher speed limits are responsible for the disparity, according to the report.

TRIP says 10 states with the highest percentages of rural roads in poor condition are Michigan (37 percent), Rhode Island (32 percent), Hawaii (31 percent), Idaho (31 percent), Kansas (30 percent), West Virginia (29 percent), Oklahoma (27 percent), Maine (26 percent), Alaska (25 percent) and New Mexico (25 percent).

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