Congratulations L.A., You Have the Worst Roads in the U.S.

A new study by TRIP, the Washington, D.C.-based transportation nonprofit, has concluded that drivers in the Los Angeles region ply the most deteriorated roads in the country, based on 2011 data from the Federal Highway Administration.
October 4, 2013, 9am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"Los Angeles-Santa Ana-Long Beach ranks first among cities with more than 500,000 residents for the percentage of roads in poor condition and the annual cost to drivers, according to TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that studies transportation data and issues," writes Laura J. Nelson. "About 64% of roads in Greater Los Angeles are in poor condition, and potholes and rough pavement cost Southern California drivers about $832 a year, TRIP estimates, including repairs, tires and faster depreciation." 

"City staff members are studying the possibilities of a $3-billion borrowing program to fix what officials say is a 60-year backlog of repairs," adds Nelson. "The cost has doubled since 2005, and is expected to double again in the next decade."

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Published on Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Los Angeles Times
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