It's not just Old Man Winter that's caused foot-deep potholes and pitted roadways on bridges. Years of underinvestment in New York's infrastructure have led to unsafe and congested roadways that cost New York motorists a total of $20.3 billion annually statewide, and approximately $2,300 per driver in the New York City area, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based national transportation organization.
Greater investment in transportation at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve conditions, increase safety and support long-term economic growth in New York, the report argued. Roads that are in disrepair add expense to the maintenance of cars, and the delays they cause cost businesses time and money.
Seventy-four percent of major roads in New York City are in either poor or mediocre condition, the report found. Traffic congestion in the area is deteriorating, causing 59 annual hours of delay for the average city driver.