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Study claims Bay Area roads among some of worst in country

Claims 74% of roads in San Francisco-Oakland area in poor condition

The Bay Area has some of the worst roads in the country.

A new report by the non-profit transportation research group The Road Information Program found that the San Francisco-Oakland area has a greater proportion of roads in poor condition than any other major urban area in the U.S.

The report found 74 percent of roads in the San Francisco Oakland area were in poor condition. The area around Concord had the third-most with 62 percent of roads in poor condition and the area around San Jose came in fifth with 53 percent of roads in poor condition.

In all, California cities accounted for half the top 10 urban areas with populations of 500,000 or more with roads in poor shape, according to the report.

The organization estimates that the poor condition of area roads costs each motorist on average more than $2,000 each year in time and gas lost stuck in traffic, increased vehicle maintenance costs and crashes caused by poorly maintained roads.

In a September report on California roads, TRIP estimated that each San Francisco-Oakland area driver wasted 61 hours each year in traffic congestion, the same as drivers in Los Angeles.

That report also estimated that 28 percent of the state's bridges

are in need of repair or replacement and 17 percent are obsolete.

In a time of improving economic conditions, the group warns that deteriorating road conditions will only cost California residents more money as commerce picks up.

Nationwide traffic has been increasing through 2014 and 2015 after remaining stagnant during the recession years from 2008 to 2013.

"Without additional transportation funding the roads will continue to deteriorate in the future," TRIP spokeswoman Carolyn Kelly said.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

Comments

4 people like this
Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2015 at 11:10 pm

No surprises here except how much did we pay for a study to tell what we already knew and the amount of money we do not have?


7 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2015 at 10:42 am

Choices. Yes, we know we have too few and decaying roads and bridges. Our taxes, even gas taxes and money budgeted for roads and bridges get redirected and consumed by 'people'. We have illegals and other communities who suck up social services and redirected money from many sources. Brown creates a 'rainy day' fund, that immediately went to rescue Cal public unions (as always planned). We have hundreds of 'social' programs, many of which are grossly abused and overlapped, plus endless union increases.
Our infrastructures have been pushed back and pushed back, as things crumble around us, and the funds get consumed by 'people' programs for people who don't provide for themselves. Choices.
Certainly not lacking in taxes taken from 'responsible' taxpayers. Taxes should be precisely used for those bridges and roads, semi-permanent structures for use by 'all', not taken from the responsible to be redistributed to 'selected' individuals and groups.


1 person likes this
Posted by Chris
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

Like Jerry said "a study" are you kidding me right now....?!!! GRRRRR Roads are a joke, but lets keep building and creating new things....what a joke California is


3 people like this
Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Until GOP get serious in congress and addresses our decaying infrastructure, we will continue to suffer. They are too busy trying to shut down the government to address serious problems. Can't even pass a transportation bill that expires this month.


3 people like this
Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Electric cars and hybrid car drivers need to pay their fair share.

A Tesla model S weights just under 2.5 tons, almost as much as a full size pick up truck yet pays no gas tax. The same goes for Nissan Leafs, Rav4 EV, etc. All that batteries weight a ton (pun intended) and they wear on the roads that others pay for.

A Prius weighs over 3100 lbs and pays half the gas tax that an equivalent ICE only car pays.


3 people like this
Posted by Jerry
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2015 at 2:41 pm

We had/have plenty of money. Our governor chose to use it for other things. Like free education for illegals and healthcare, union pensions, rate increases for government workers etc. no one feels a bit of sympathy for California folks.


3 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm

Hey, NOT so patriotic, all the the new entitlement programs, programs, programs 'transfers' all our money to those groups who don't pay their own way. IF we continue blowing our money on 'individuals & groups' who live off others, we will never be able to replace needed infrastructure. THAT was my point We didn't have the very long list of handouts & programs back in the days we built the great America. But Dems 'sold themselves' like xxxxxx and 'sold out' taxpayers buying votes by giving selected individuals & groups money taken from taxpayers. Redirecting money away from infrastructure for ALL, to 'social spending' on the non=producers. Now it has grown to the point America will never regain it's grandeur in the days when each American pulled his own weight. Now more masses 'receive tax money' than pay in. Politicians promise more freebies to more 'takers', and the government (our kids) will never be able to pay it down the debt for those handouts, nor will they enjoy the America we enjoyed.


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