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2/3 of San Diego roads need repairs

If you spend much time driving on local roads, this news may not be much of a surprise to you. However, it does confirm what many motorists have known for years now: our roads stink!

Two thirds of the roads in the San Diego region are in need of repair, and the average motorist in the region loses nearly $1,900 per year as a result of driving on congested and poorly maintained roads, according to a new report from TRIP, a national nonprofit transportation research group based in Washington, DC.

Local transportation and business leaders, including San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria, San Di­ego Regional Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jerry Sanders, and Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman, joined TRIP to announce the findings at an August 17 press confer­ence.

Other key findings from TRIP include:

• Bad roads cost residents in the re­gion 42 hours and 11 gallons of fuel each year.

• Our region’s economy depends on good roads as the majority of the freight (77 percent of $270 billion worth of goods that are shipped to or from sites in San Diego County annu­ally) is moved by trucks.

• Each dollar spent on road, high­way, and bridge improvements yields an average benefit of $5.20.

The full report, “California Trans­portation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Ef­ficient Mobility,” as well as the press release, can be found on A video recap of the press conference is available here.

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