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TRIP report shows Michigan with worst rural roads; calls on Congress to pass long-term road funding


Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The group called on Congress to pass a fully funded, long-term surface transportation program bill, upon which rural roads are dependent.
The group called on Congress to pass a fully funded, long-term surface transportation program bill, upon which rural roads are dependent.

Michigan has the worst rural roads in the nation while Pennsylvania has the most structurally deficient rural bridges, according to TRIP, the national transportation research group.

In a report released today, TRIP highlighted the poor condition of rural roads in America’s “heartland,” which the group said is heavily dependent on the quality of its transportation system to support economic growth.

The group called on Congress to pass a fully funded, long-term surface transportation program bill, upon which rural roads are dependent.

“The 61 million people who live in America’s rural heartland deserve a transportation system that is safe, efficient and reliable,” said Kathleen Bower AAA vice president of public affairs.

“It is up to Congress to pass a fully funded, long-term bill to improve our nation’s rural roads before the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money this summer.”

Behind Michigan, the states with the worst percentage of rural roads, according to the TRIP report, are: Rhode Island (32 percent); Hawaii (31 percent); Idaho (31 percent); Kansas (30 percent); West Virginia (29 percent); Oklahoma (27 percent); Maine (26 percent); Alaska (25 percent); New Mexico (25 percent); Connecticut (25 percent); Vermont (24 percent); Mississippi (22 percent); Washington (22 percent); Missouri (21 percent); New Hampshire (20 percent); Virginia (19 percent); Arkansas (19 percent); Wisconsin (18 percent); and Pennsylvania (18 percent).

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