Percentage of US highways in poor condition up 25%: study

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The percentage of U.S. highways in poor condition rose 25 percent between 2008 and 2017, according to a new study of federal highway data.

The study by, an industry-linked publication, found that about 10 percent of all U.S. highways were in poor shape based on a score of the road’s roughness. Another 31 percent were deemed acceptable, and 59 percent in good shape.

{mosads}The increase comes despite a recent uptick in funding, from a low of $39.1 million in 2015 to $45 million in 2018.

Urban areas had twice as much rough road as the national average, while rural areas had just 6 percent in poor condition.

The study also found that despite in the increase in bad roads, the percentage of overall roads in good condition was up 7 percent over the same period.

The study said it was hard to link funding to road conditions, given that some of the areas with the worst roads had been given more funding for exactly that reason, while areas with better roads required less.

“The discrepancies in funding likely have to do with the quality of the roads, meaning states that need more repairs might get more funding,” the study found.

The study also found the percentage of bridges in poor condition dropped from 12.1 percent in 2008 to 8.9 percent in 2017.

It comes as Congressional Democrats and President Trump seek a $2 trillion infrastructure package. Recent negotiations were derailed when Trump abruptly cut short a meeting, furious over Democratic talk of impeachment.

Infrastructure, a major theme of Trump’s presidential campaign, had long been seen as a possible area of cooperation with Democrats.

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