Rockford’s rocky roads costing drivers hefty sum, study says

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According to a new report, deteriorated roads and bridges are costing Rockford drivers a hefty sum each year.

The data released by a Washington, DC based national transport organization TRIP, finds that throughout Illinois, more than one-third of state-maintained urban roads are in poor condition, and nine percent of locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient. 

Driving on roads in the Rockford area costs the average driver $1,935 per year in the form of extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to traffic congestion, and the costs of crashes in which roadway features were a contributing factor.

The report calculates the cost to motorists in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Metro East, Peoria-Bloomington, Rockford, and Springfield urban areas.

“This report underscores what happens when there is no comprehensive, long term infrastructure investment program for the United States and State of Illinois,” said Einar Forsman, president and CEO of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. “Rockford’s major economic assets are its transportation resources and we need to ensure their long term viability.”

The report cites 35 deaths from traffic accidents in the last three years that costs each Rockford driver an average of $723 annually.

You can read the entire report here: “Illinois Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility”

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