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San Francisco Bay Area Roads Are The Worst In The US, Report Finds

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While the roads in Michigan’s Motor City rank among the top 5 worst in the United States, it’s the San Francisco Bay Area that ranks the absolute worst in the nation, according to the findings of a recently published study conducted by the nonprofit transportation research group known as TRIP.

The report, which was published on Thursday, found San Francisco-Oakland, California, to have the worst roads out of the 25 urban areas with a population of 500,000 or greater in which the majority of major roads and highways exhibit pavement in poor condition.

According to the study’s findings, poor road conditions in SFO could be costing drivers Bay Area drivers another $1,044 a year in extra car maintenance.

Perhaps unsurprisingly to local residents, the report ranks Los Angeles as number two on the list — which, for the sake of the report, includes Long Beach, Santa Ana and LA.

Number three, the metro with the third worst streets in the nation, is Concord, California. Next on the list is Detroit, Michigan, which is followed by San Jose, California.

As for the areas with a population between 250,000 and 500,000, Flint, Michigan came in first with 54 percent.

The report quoted Jill Ingrassia, AAA’s managing director of government relations and traffic safety advocacy, as having said that “the nation’s rough roads stress nerves and cost billions” and that investing in America’s transportation system “will reduce the financial burden on drivers and provide them with a smoother, safer and more efficient ride.”

The nation’s rough roads stress nerves and cost billions in unnecessary vehicle replacement, repair and fuel costs (…) Full investment in our nation’s transportation system will reduce the financial burden on drivers and provide them with a smoother, safer and more efficient ride.

The findings of TRIP’s report offer what Denise Donohue, director of the County Road Association of Michigan, believes to be validation for what drivers in the state of Michigan already suspect: “that the state’s roads are among the roughest in the nation,” WDIV reported.

This report from TRIP validates what drivers already suspect — that the state’s roads are among the roughest in the nation (…) To improve the conditions of the state’s roads will require additional funding from the state legislature and Congressional approval of a long-term, adequately funded, federal surface transportation program.

Why do you think California cities have some of the worst roads in the nation?

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