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New Haven roads rank among the worst in the country

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The roads in New Haven and Bridgeport are among the nation’s most deteriorated, according to a transportation research group. said the Elm City’s streets cost drivers more than $700 each year.

The site said New Haven ranked 18 on its national list of cities with the most deteriorated roads. It said 45 percent of the major roads in the city are in poor condition.

Right behind it on the list was the Bridgeport-Stamford region at 19.

This news is no big surprise to New Haven resident George Providence, who said he especially runs into problems on Dixwell Avenue.

"As I was riding back home I was thinking through hitting a bunch of bumps,” Providence said. “Wishing I had some shock absorbers on my bike!"

The report states driving on rough roads increases consumer costs by accelerating vehicle deterioration and depreciation and increasing needed maintenance, fuel consumption and tire wear.

The report does include both local and state roads as well as interstates, so in New Haven that means both 91 and 95. But the state Department of Transportation said the report is only looking at one factor, and not all five they consider when measuring the quality of highways. 

Regardless, City of New Haven Director of Communications Laurence Grotheer told Eyewitness News street repairs rely on a number of factors. 

"The city is always maintaining its streets on a regular schedule, based on funding and weather conditions primarily,” Grotheer said.

Grotheer said they were able to save money in other departments, and part of those funds are slated for street repairs in this fiscal year.

"This year, Connecticut's General Assembly made a historic, once-in-a-generation investment in our transportation infrastructure to modernize and rebuild our roads, highways and rail lines, and improve bus services," said Sen. Bob Duff of Norwalk. "The state, however, can't do it alone. Congress needs to act to ensure that we have the funding necessary to transform our transportation system to grow jobs, boost the economy, and improve quality of life for all Connecticut's residents."

The city with the worst roads in the county is San Francisco, where TRIP said 74 percent of its roads are in bad shape. TRIP said it created its rankings based on urban areas with populations of more than 500,000.

TRIP said road conditions were expected to decline further without additional funding at local, state and federal levels.

"With state and local governments struggling to fund needed road repairs and with federal surface transportation funding set to expire this month, road conditions are projected to get even worse," said Will Wilkins, TRIP's executive director.  "Congress could reduce the extra costs borne by motorists driving on rough roads by authorizing a long-term, adequately funded federal transportation program that improves road conditions on the nation's major roads and highways."

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