Report finds 21% of state’s rural highways in poor shape

Report finds 21% of state’s rural highways in poor shape

“The TRIP report sheds light on the importance of safety on rural roads and the need for improved infrastructure for future economic vitality”, said Joyce Waugh, president and CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber.

“The TRIP report finds that the US needs to implement transportation improvements that will improve rural transportation connectivity, safety and conditions to provide the nation’s small communities and rural areas with safe and efficient access to support quality of life and enhance economic productivity”, the report stated.

SC was ranked the highest for rural road fatalities. In Oklahoma, significant deficiencies to rural roads and bridges were included in the report.

According to a national transportation research group called TRIP, South Dakota was rated in the top 25 for structurally deficient rural bridges and rural roads in poor conditions. North Carolina ranks 8th in the report on rural road fatalities.

The report also claims 20 percent of rural pavements are in poor condition, and 24 percent are in mediocre condition.

“When people hear the word “rural”, they often think of secondary roads, but most of the traffic is actually on rural primaries and Interstates”. They found that improvements are desperately needed to address deficient roads and bridges, high crash rates, and inadequate connectivity and capacity.

“There’s no doubt ODOT does all it can to prioritize and stretch the dollars it’s allocated and while the state has experienced serious budget deficits recently due to the low price of oil, the need for increased money for roads and bridges has never been more urgent”. SC ranks highest for fatalities per 100M VMT on rural roads while Colorado ranks the lowest.