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New report details problems in CT’s roads and bridges

Photo of the Thames River Bridge in New London courtesy of JJBers/Creative Commons.

Connecticut’s infrastructure is so bad – pause for a “Match Game”-style response, “How bad is it?” – that a new report warns 62 percent of the state’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. The report also found 8 percent of Connecticut bridges, or more than 300 bridges, are structurally deficient.

The transportation research organization TRIP estimated that Connecticut motorists traveling on roads in serious need of repair spend a total of $1.8 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs, or $681 per motorist. The report also noted that 61 percent of the state’s urban interstates get congested during peak hours, which is no surprise since vehicular travel on Connecticut’s highways increased by 3 percent between 2000 and 2016. Connecticut’s population grew by 5 percent between 2000 and 2017.

There were 293 traffic fatalities in 2016 in Connecticut, and a total of 1,319 people died on the state’s highways from 2012 through 2016. On the positive side, Connecticut’s traffic fatality rate of 0.93 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel was lower than the 1.18 national average. And not every incident can be blamed on lousy drivers: TRIP estimated that motor vehicle crashes in which roadway design was likely a contributing factor cost Connecticut motorists $1.6 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity, travel delays, workplace costs, insurance costs and legal costs.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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