- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All those potholes, traffic jams and unsafe roads cost Californians more than hassle and stress.

A transportation advocacy group called TRIP has estimated how much money motorists lose due to poorly maintained highways and major roads.

According to a report released Thursday, Californians pay an extra $44 billion each year for repairs, accidents and time and fuel burned in traffic.

The formula estimating the cost is not exact, and the report is intended to spur greater transportation spending.

Still, TRIP takes a reasonable stab at putting a price tag on the problem.

Caltrans says in fiscal year 2014 it spent $665 million to maintain and preserve 2,700 lane miles of pavement.

That’s barely a dent in the estimated $8.2 billion per year needed to fix aging state highways.

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