NEW REPORT EXAMINES SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES AND HIGH FATALITY RATES ON U.S. RURAL ROADS AND BRIDGES; ESTIMATED $50 BILLION DECREASE IN STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION REVENUES DUE TO COVID-19 COULD STALL NEEDED REPAIRS AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS AND HAMPER ECONOMIC RECOVERY
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Report available on TRIP website at 12:01 a.m. EDT.
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A new report to be released Tuesday by TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC, evaluates the condition and safety of the nation’s rural roads and bridges and finds that our rural transportation system faces a $211 billion backlog in needed improvements to address deficient roads and bridges, high crash and fatality rates, and inadequate connectivity and capacity.
The report, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” ranks the states with the highest share of rural roads in poor condition, largest share of rural bridges that are rated poor/structurally deficient, and states with the highest fatality rate on non-Interstate, rural roads. Addressing the nation’s rural transportation challenges will require a significant increase in investment, but the tremendous decrease in vehicle travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to reduce state transportation revenues by at least 30 percent – approximately $50 billion – over the next 18 months.
TRIP spokespersons are available via phone and video conference for interviews and comments.
Rocky Moretti (TRIP) | 202.262.0714 (cell) | rocky.moretti (Skype)
Carolyn Bonifas Kelly (TRIP) | 703.801.9212 (cell) | carolynbonifas (Skype)