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Thursday
Mar022017

Colorado‚Äôs bad roads are costing drivers more than frustration and stress

The Denver Post

March 2, 2017

Deteriorating, congested and unsafe roads and bridges are costing Colorado drivers a total of $6.8 billion annually in additional vehicle maintenance, fuel and accelerated vehicle depreciation overall.

According to a report released Wednesday by TRIP, a national transportation research group based in Washington, D.C., each Denver driver spends 49 hours stuck in traffic and $2,162 each year on additional vehicle operating costs with other Colorado motorists falling shortly behind.

“These additional operating costs could be the extra maintenance that goes into when a driver hits a pothole and has to get something like an axle repaired,” said Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, TRIP’s associate director of research and communication. “But it could also mean things like tire wear, additional fuel costs of driving on damaged roads and even the accelerated rate of vehicle depreciation when drivers trade their vehicles in.”

Read on...

Monday
Feb082016

Negative report on NM roads disputed

Albuquerque Journal

February 5, 2016

State transportation officials took issue Thursday with a report released by a Washington, D.C.-based group that found that a quarter of New Mexico’s roads are in poor condition, and 16 percent of bridges are deficient or obsolete.

The report issued by TRIP, a nonprofit research group, contends that the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 2016 budget will provide only 46 percent of the annual funding needed to maintain state roads and bridges.

“Without additional funding at the local, state and federal levels, New Mexico’s roads and bridges will continue to deteriorate, and the costs passed along to drivers will increase even further,” Carolyn Kelly, TRIP’s associate director, said at a news conference.

The report contends that 25 percent of locally and state-maintained roads are in poor condition and an additional 32 percent are in “mediocre or fair” condition. For bridges, 16 percent show significant deterioration or do not meet modern design standards, it said.

Poor roads and bridges contribute to traffic congestion, safety problems and higher costs for drivers, it contends.

Transportation Secretary Tom Church said the report reached inaccurate conclusions because it included municipal and county roads, which are in worse condition than those maintained by the state.  Read on…

New Mexico TRIP Report