According to the World Economic Forum, the United States, which used to have the best infrastructure in the world, now ranks 16th.Decades of neglect have resulted in crumbling concrete, corroded steel and a massive problem with no real solution in sight. In Georgia alone, there were almost 6.6 million licensed drivers in 2012 – that’s a lot of wear and tear on the transportation system.
New Report Raises Concerns About Georgia RoadsOne group evaluating surface transportation concerns for all 50 states is a Washington, D.C., based private nonprofit research organization known as TRIP. A September 2014 report by TRIP concluded that population and economic growth in our beloved Peach State has resulted in increased demands on our major roads and highways. Vehicle travel on Georgia’s highways increased by 48 percent from 1990 to 2012, while the population grew by 53 percent. These increases have the added effect of congesting 56 percent of Georgia’s major urban highways and causing 10 percent of those major roads to have pavements rated in poor condition. Furthermore, 16 percent of Georgia’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
Why You Might Be Paying MoreDriving on defective roads also carries a financial component, including additional vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays and traffic crashes.
Such penalties were calculated by TRIP to cost Georgia residents a total of $7.9 billion every year, with $1,394 being the average annual cost just to EACH Macon driver.Along with easing congestion and reducing financial costs, the report concluded that repairing surface infrastructure could save lives and lower the rate of traffic accidents. Roadway conditions are a significant factor in approximately one-third of traffic fatalities, and there were 1,192 traffic fatalities in 2012 in Georgia. A total of 6,436 people died on Georgia’s highways from 2008 through 2012.