Virginia Motorists Lose $9.5 BILLION per Year on Bad Roads

February 13, 2020

TRIP Releases Report on Virginia’s Infrastructure

On February 3, The Road Information Program (TRIP) released a report on the condition of Virginia’s transportation infrastructure.  The release generated prominent news and social media coverage across the Commonwealth.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch, in an Editorial: Time to address our infrastructure deficits, cited the findings of the report extensively.

“Virginia Transportation by the Numbers:  Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility” finds that Virginia motorists lose $9.5 billion per year on roadways that are congested, in poor condition, and lack some desirable safety features.  In some areas, the cost was pegged at $2,600 per driver.

Other key findings:

  • One-third of major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
  • More than 600 bridges (20 feet or more in length) are rated as poor/structurally deficient.
  • Travel in state roadways increased by 14 percent from 2000 to 2018 resulting in increased congestion, choking commerce and commutes.
  • Traffic crashes in Virginia claimed the lives of 3,875 people between 2014 and 2018. Crashes in which a lack of adequate roadway safety features were likely a contributing factor imposed $2.1 billion in economic costs.
  • Current sources of funding will not keep pace with the state’s transportation needs.

“The lack of adequate, sustainable transportation funding in Virginia will lead to increasing deterioration on the state’s roads and bridges and even longer congestion-related delays for commuters, businesses and visitors,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Deteriorated, congested roads rob drivers of time and money while reducing the state’s competitive advantage and threatening economic growth. Making investments that will improve the condition and efficiency of Virginia’s transportation system will ensure that the state remains an attractive place to live, visit and do business.”

The full report is online at https://tripnet.org/research-news/?states=virginia

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