Blame Our Age For Bad Road Rank - NBC Connecticut

Blame Our Age For Bad Road Rank

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    Our roads aren't great, according to a new study.

    We know that our roads aren’t great, but now we have the validation from a libertarian-leaning group that they are even worse now than they have been in past years, despite spending more than many other states.

    The ranking, done by Reason Foundation, is based on 2007 roadwork spending, which in Connecticut was $305,356 per mile. 

    The 18th annual highway report looked at the roads between 1984 and 2007.

    Blame it on congestion and the condition of its bridges, which the reports says hurts the cost-effectiveness and prompted a ranking of 37th for what we get from our dollars.

    A state Department of Transportation spokesman told the Associated Press that this ranking is no shock because we do have older infrastructure. The roads, however, are very safe and officials are working to make them more efficient, he said.

    "The Northeastern states have the oldest infrastructure in the country. That means our bridges are older, our roads are older and as a result, we’re going to have more inefficient roads and bridges,” Kevin Nursick, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, told the New Haven Register.

    Other notable rankings include: 44 for urban interstate congestion, 4th for fatalities per 100 million miles driven, and first for rural interstate in poor condition.