According to a study by the National Transportation Research Nonprofit, the poor conditions of Denver infrastructure and roadways cost drivers around $2,000 each year, in wasted time spent sitting in traffic, wasted fuel, and excessive vehicle wear and tear.
The “Keeping Colorado Mobile” report, released on March 2nd, details how the average Denver area motorist loses 62 hours of each year sitting in traffic, wasting 26 gallons of fuel per driver, at a cost of $1,242 each year. Additionally, an estimated $732 is spent each year on vehicle maintenance, in order to repair issues caused by driving on badly maintained roads.
The study analyzed data from the Colorado Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a number of other organizations, in order to examine “the condition, use, safety and efficiency of Colorado’s surface transportation system.”
They determined that 25% of all the roadways in the state of Colorado were in mediocre condition, while 22% were in poor condition. In Denver it’s even worse. 26% are considered to be in mediocre condition, while 37% are in poor condition.
Additionally they found that 4% of the bridges in the Denver metro area were in poor condition, while 50% were in only fair condition, and in need of maintenance in order to not fall into poor condition.
Denver residents are no doubt familiar with the traffic congestion problems existing within the metro area. Congestion often means it takes more time than most of us would prefer to get where we’re going, and that is only going to get worse, as the population in Denver grows.
According to the president and CEO of Colorado Concern, Mike Kopp: “The new TRIP report reinforces one simple fact: too many Coloradans are wasting too much of their time and money stuck on congested and potholed roads. We can’t encourage our state leaders enough on this point. Don’t let our prosperity get choked off because we can’t get our act together and bring about a solution. And the pathway to getting this done is abundantly clear to all, it’s through the legislature. The business case for prolonging the problem doesn’t exist. It’s time for the Colorado Legislature to roll up their sleeves, come to the table, and do the hard work that Colorado families need and deserve.”
Improvements to our transportation infrastructure won’t just save us time and money, the TRIP report stresses the importance of Colorado’s infrastructure to the state’s entire economy. At a time when the population of Denver and Colorado as a whole is only expected to continue to increase, it would be unfortunate to let poor infrastructure stymie any potential economic growth.
As more and more people move to the area and increase the stress on these resources, and if nothing gets done to improve the situation, the one thing we can be sure of is that the quality of our roads will continue to deteriorate.
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