Every year, New York City drivers lose about 44 hours of their time and $1,900 of their money to poorly maintained roads, according to a new study. The average motorist pays $638 to repair automotive damage caused by shoddy streets, while the rest of the money goes towards "wasted gas, medical fees and lost productivity," the reports indicates.
The "Future Mobility In New York" [PDF] study found that 54 percent of the city's busiest roads are in "poor condition" and 35 percent of the city's bridges are structurally deficient, according to the Daily News.
And road conditions aren't going to get better any time soon. The study contends that the state needs about $175 billion to maintain roads and bridges over the next 20 years, but so far only $87 billion has been earmarked for that purpose. "At that rate of investment, we will be investing in a state of deterioration," said one expert.