July 15, 2014

Report: CT roads conditions worst in U.S.

A new White House report says Connecticut and Rhode Island's roads are tied for being in the worst condition in the country.

The report — released to spur Congress to pass a $302 billion bill to fund transportation infrastructure improvements across the country — said 41 percent of Connecticut's roads are in poor condition.

The report cited a 2013 report by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which said 73 percent of the state's roads could be classified as poor or mediocre. An ASCE spokeswoman confirmed the 41 percent figure Tuesday morning, but said that her organization's report did not break it out from the 73 percent figure.

The White House report also cited a recent report by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, which found that 35 percent of Connecticut's bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. That ties the state for sixth worst with West Virginia.

The White House report argues that lagging infrastructure maintenance costs Americans more than $120 billion in extra fuel and lost time each year. It also means businesses pay $27 billion extra in freight costs, shipping delays and increased prices, according to the report.

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