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.