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Roads Report Confirms What Houstonians Already Know

Finds more than half of the region’s roads need repairs.

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A new report suggests bad roads in Houston cost the average driver nearly $2000 a year in vehicle repairs and extra maintenance.

It also finds that almost half the region’s roads need repairs.

The latest TRIP report on the condition of roads here and across the state confirms what many Houstonians already know, that roadway infrastructure in Texas is crumbling at an alarming rate.

In the Houston area, the pavement on 49 percent of major roads and highways is in poor or mediocre condition, according to TRIP. The bad roads cost Houston drivers an average of $1850 a year in increased vehicle maintenance and repair costs, crashes and delays.

Perri D’Armond is the president and CEO of the West Houston Association.

“Similar to a house that needs regular maintenance and regular care, if you don’t take care of it, it will crumble around you,” D’Armond said.

“It’s the same way with our roadways and our infrastructure. We’re not keeping up with it the way we should
be able to keep up with it and as a result our residents and our businesses are paying the price.”

The TRIP report finds that traffic congestion in Houston is also getting worse, due partly to the bad roads. Drivers now waste about 52 hours a year in traffic jams, the highest total for any big city in Texas.

D’Armond says bad roads could affect the region’s economic growth.

“Houston has always been a can-do city,” D’Armond said. “Unfortunately though, if you don’t have your infrastructure base to support you, then you can’t move forward.”
 
Proposition 1 on the November ballot would allow the state to divert over $1 billion a year from the Rainy Day fund to pay for road repairs and maintenance statewide.  

 

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