Six California cities were lumped in the three worst categories judged by their roads’ conditions. SF/Oakland held the dubious top honor.
The problem can be attributed to multiple factors. More people are driving to pre-recession levels. The population is growing. Local jurisdictions are spending less on maintenance, and the funds that trickle down have dried up substantially.
For mid-sized cities across the nation, Madison, Wisc. was ranked third; and Round Lake Beach-Grayslake, Ill. rounded out the top five.
U.S. vehicle travel increased 16 percent from 2000, while the nation’s population grew at about the same level.
We’ve known for a long time our transportation system is deteriorating because of the lack of funds,” said Carolyn Bonifas, TRIP Associate Director of Research and Communications.