Bumpy Roads Ahead: America's Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother

This report examines pavement conditions in urban areas of the U.S., recent developments in road repairs and pavement materials, and the funding levels necessary to repair U.S. roads. Based on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)-collected data and International Roughness Index (IRI) ratings, 33% of U.S. urban roads are rated in poor condition. Tables list the top 20 large urban areas and 20 mid-sized urban areas with the highest share of roads in poor condition and the highest per-driver vehicle operating costs due to rough roads based on TRIP’s analysis of FHWA data. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. would need to increase investment by 33% to $61 billion to make needed road improvements. The report also looks at U.S. vehicle travel trends, costs to motorists of roads in poor condition, and funding. It concludes with recommendations to fund pavement preservation programs including resurfacing in a timely fashion, aggressively patching potholes, using long-lasting materials, and providing adequate investment in pavement maintenance.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 24p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01698935
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 19 2018 2:21PM