- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A national transportation research group says deficient roads and bridges cost Arkansas motorists about $2 billion a year in higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.

A report released Tuesday by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation organization, says increased investment in transportation improvements could relieve traffic congestion, improve road and bridge conditions, boost safety and support long-term economic growth in Arkansas.

The report says nearly a third of major locally and state-maintained urban roads and highways in Arkansas and nearly a quarter of major rural roads and highways are in poor condition. And, TRIP says, nearly a quarter of Arkansas’ bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

In addition, the state’s urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, with drivers wasting significant amounts of time and fuel each year.

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