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Report: Congestion, damaged roads bad for state economy

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A national transportation research group says North Carolina's crumbling and congested roads could stall the state's economy.

The transportation group, TRIP, says North Carolina ships $364 billion in goods annually. In order for the Triad to remain competitive with other states, TRIP Research Director Rocky Moretti says communities, instead of the federal government, should pay of road improvements.

On average Triad commuters waste 22 hours in traffic and burn $465 in lost gas.

Moretti's report also says North Carolina's fatality rate on rural roads is nearly four times greater than the death rate on interstate highways. Improvements like wider lanes, shoulders and lighting could make rural roads safer.

3 comments

  • Mark Stabler

    Wonder how much it cost of this company to tell us that roads with wider lanes, better shoulders and lighting would be safer. Wonder how much he is estimating it would add to the local tax rate to bring all the secondary roads up to his standards.

  • GC

    Many, many rural roads do need repaving because of the massive potholes, but the majority of them are plenty wide, and why spend money on lighting, that is what headlights are for. many of the wrecks on rural roads are either caused by animals running out in front of people, which is a problem you can’t eliminate, or by people driving like fools on roads that they do not know. Widening and lighting rural roads is unnecessary and would cost an obscene amount of money.

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