More than a quarter of U.S. major urban roads poor
While Iowa looks to restore hundreds of miles of pavement using new gas-tax receipts, the transportation research group TRIP finds that a quarter of major urban roads in the United States are in substandard or poor condition.
That means a rough ride and more expense for motorists.
A full 28 percent of the nation’s major urban roads, such as interstates and freeways, have substandard pavement and provide a bumpy ride.
An additional 41 percent of the nation’s major urban roads and highways are in mediocre or fair condition, and 31 percent are in good condition.
Including major rural roads, 18 percent of the nation’s major roads are in poor condition, 40 percent are in mediocre or fair condition, and 42 percent are in good shape.
Among the 25 largest urban areas, San Francisco had the highest percentage of poor roads at 74 percent. Omaha ranked 23rd at 42 percent.