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National group says half of Wisconsin roads are poor or mediocre



Another swipe at Wisconsin’s roads by a lobbying group.

Transportation research group “Wisconsin Transportation by the Numbers” (TRIP), has released a report that the organization details the costs of the state’s deteriorated roads.

The report says fully half of the state’s roads are in mediocre or poor condition and the condition of the roads costs Wisconsin motorists $6.8 billion annually. That comes to $2,321 per driver in the state’s larger urban areas.

The costs are figured based on higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.

The report says the financial impact of traffic crashes alone costs the state’s drivers $1.8 billion annually.

Road construction lobbying groups have picked up the pace of criticism over the state’s roads and long-term transportation funding since Gov. Scott Walker said the state needed fewer big highways and should concentrate on fixing the roads it has.

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