Report: WV Interstate Highway Bridges Some of the Worst Causeway in the United States | New
West Virginia has the most deteriorated interstate highway bridges in the United States and ranks among the worst in the country for the percentage of interstate pavements in poor condition, according to a report released Tuesday by a national research organization. transportation based in Washington, DC.
Released to mark the 65th anniversary of the U.S. interstate system, the TRIP report found that 13% of West Virginia interstate bridges are in poor condition or structurally deficient.
It also revealed that 3% of the interstate pavement in West Virginia is in poor condition, which places it 20th in the United States.
“The US interstate system has a persistent and growing backlog of physical and operational impairments due to age, heavy use and deferred reinvestment, and is in need of major reconstruction and modernization,” indicates the report.
He concludes that in order to adequately maintain the interstate highway network, annual investments should be increased from $ 23 billion in 2018 to $ 57 billion per year over the next 20 years.
TRIP quotes Mike Clowser, president of the West Virginia Business and Industry Council (BIC) and executive director of the Contractors Association of West Virginia, as saying, “Businesses in the state need a safe and modern transportation system to move people around. goods and services. The swift passage of a new federal freeway bill will allow West Virginia to meet its critical transportation infrastructure needs. “
In March, a TRIP report found that 31% of West Virginia’s major roads are in poor condition and 24% are in poor condition, based on an analysis of Federal Highway Administration data.
This study concluded that deteriorated, congested and dangerous roads and bridges cost Charleston subway drivers an average of $ 1,280 per year in additional costs for vehicle repairs, wasted fuel and wasted time.
For Huntington Subway drivers, that annual additional cost is slightly lower, averaging $ 1,273, the TRIP report found.
Founded in 1971, TRIP is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit group supported by manufacturing, insurance, construction, labor and engineering organizations. The name of the group is not an acronym.