The U.S. needs to devote $740 billion to infrastructure spending in order to fix a network of deteriorating highways, roads and bridges, according to TRIP, a national transportation research group based in Washington, D.C. A study released by TRIP this week entitled, “Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to make our Roads Smoother,” finds that “road conditions could deteriorate even further in the future as the rate of vehicle travel continues to increase and local and state government find they are unable to adequately fund road repairs. The research group calculated the shortfall using statistics collected by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, or AASHTO. The study also relied on federal and state road and bridge condition data. “It really boils down to lack of funding at all levels, at the local, state and federal level,” said Carolyn Bonifas Kelly, spokeswoman for TRIP. “That being said, in almost every state, there does exist a transportation funding backlog.” Roads and bridges in the U.S. have taken a pounding from increased traffic. Vehicle travel in the U.S. was up 15 percent from 2000 to 2015, and commercial truck travel increased by 26 percent from 2000 to 2014.
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