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Buckle up – it’s a bumpy ride in Fairfield County

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Dale Johnson, left, of New Fairfield and Leon Breece of Danbury, employees of the Danbury highway department fill potholes on Westville Avenue Ext. in Danbury Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.

Dale Johnson, left, of New Fairfield and Leon Breece of Danbury, employees of the Danbury highway department fill potholes on Westville Avenue Ext. in Danbury Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.

Hit any potholes recently? If you have, you’re not alone. A  report issued last month by TRIP, a national transportation research group, finds that the roads here are some of the bumpiest in the nation.

Across America, more than one-quarter of major urban roads “have pavements that are in substandard condition and provide an unacceptably rough ride to motorists,” according to the report. But here in Southwestern Connecticut, the rates are even higher. More than half of our roads and highways were listed as being in poor condition by TRIP, making us one of the worst metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 residents in the nation:

It’s frustrating for sure, but it has some bigger effects than motorists’ mood. TRIP writes than the average American motorist spends $377 in vehicle operation costs each year as a result of driving on roads that need repairs, due to “accelerating vehicle deterioration and depreciation, increasing the frequency of needed maintenance and requiring additional fuel consumption.”

For us the cost is even higher: $669 a year, landing the Bridgeport-Stamford metropolitan area as the 11th highest in terms of how much motorists pay as a result of poor road conditions. The highest is out in Los Angeles, where motorists spend $832  year.

Maggie Gordon

2 Responses

  1. MS says:

    Stamford does a good job at attempting to fix the roads. Yet their repair methods are terrible. They make speed bumps out of potholes right before winter. Then when the plows come out they rip it straight up.

    Maybe if they did a better job at the “patch” work we would have better roads

  2. MJ says:

    But we pay the highest taxes?