PA motorists now pay three times the cost of fixing road woes, report says

May 29, 2013

TRIPFEATUREDRoads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost Pennsylvania motorists a total of $9.4 billion per year statewide, due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays, according to a report by TRIP, a national transportation research group. 

The report, Future Mobility in Pennsylvania: The Cost of Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” finds that 37 percent of the state’s major roads and highways provide motorists with a rough ride, while 42 percent of Pennsylvania bridges show significant deterioration or do not meet current design standards.  The state’s major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, with drivers wasting increasing amounts of time and fuel. And Pennsylvania’s rural non-interstate traffic fatality rate is nearly two-and-a-half times higher than the fatality rate on all other roads in the state.

“As the General Assembly looks at a transportation funding measure, there’s a lot of discussion about the cost,” said PHIA Managing Director Jason Wagner.  “The TRIP report quantifies the cost of not addressing this problem, and that cost is almost three times greater than the $3.5 billion annual transportation funding gap. Of even greater concern is the safety threat that a deficient transportation system represents, especially in Pennsylvania’s rural areas.”

Wagner noted that the funding proposal by Sen. John Rafferty, majority chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, represents an investment of about $2.50 per week for a typical motorist, less than the cost of a gallon of gas and an amount consistently deemed reasonable by a majority of Pennsylvania voters.

Look for video coverage of the report’s release on this site later this week.

To view the media coverage of the TRIP study, click HERE.


One Comment on this post.

  1. Laurel Nichisti
    September 15, 2013 at 8:20 am
  2. I grew up in Connecticut where the roads needed improvement and they did a geat job in fixing the highway. All I can say about my ride on 83 north from York towards Harrisburg is SHAME ON YOU for allowing this problem to persist. SHAME ON YOU!!!!