Study Shows Americans Worry Poor Road Surfaces Create Unsafe Conditions

As reported by Better Roads, a recent survey released by the Laborer’s International Union of North America indicates that 59% of Americans worry about road conditions.

From the article:

Survey results show that 59 percent of respondents worry that poor road surfaces create unsafe conditions, and 27 percent say they worry often. The majority of concerned responses are from the Northeast (69 percent), the Midwest (67 percent) and urban areas (70 percent).

The survey also reveals that those worries likely originate from experiences. A large portion of respondents (40 percent) say they or someone they know has nearly wrecked or lost control of their vehicle because of poor road conditions, and 28 percent say road surfaces have contributed to an accident involving themselves or someone they know. Two-thirds (69 percent) attribute depreciation of their vehicle to poor road conditions.

The article also emphasizes the need for Congress to take action on transportation funding prior to the expiration of the current highway legislation.

Though MAP-21 expires September 30, Congress will need to find a solution sooner because the primary source of funding, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), is projected to run out of money by the end of August. Without the HTF, state and local governments would have a hard time funding projects and 700,000 workers would be out of a job.