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El Paso and southern New Mexico had some of the roughest roads in the U.S., study says

(This post was originally written on Oct 17, 2018, by Simon Williams. Read the original article here.)

A study coming out Wednesday morning says EL Paso and southern New Mexico are home to some of the roughest roads in the U.S.

Specifically, the study ranks El Paso and Southern New Mexico roads as the 11th roughest and highest cost to drivers in the U.S.

The study comes from TRIP, which is a national transportation group based out of Washington, D.C.

It calculates the cost of driving rough roads like increasing repairs, maintenance, and tire wear. It says that cost for a driver in the El Paso and southern New Mexico region is about $788 a year.

Erik Meza lives in Central El Paso and rides his bike to the University of Texas at El Paso’s campus and he says “It’s just frustrating having to ride my bike through there. There is nothing but potholes or bumpy roads especially from Stanton all the way up to Oregon, those roads are terrible.”

David Tinoco of Central El Paso lives by El Paso High School and says, “I drive to Cotton and all that and it’s real bad.”

The study says that travel growth is increasing and road conditions are expected to get worse without additional funding.

It says vehicle miles of travel in the U.S. increased by 16 percent from 2000 to 2016 and increased by six percent from 2013 to 2016.

Kathleen Bower, AAA senior vice president of public affairs and international relations says “AAA urges Congress and the current administration to prioritize road infrastructure improvements to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable mobility across the United States.”

Meza agrees something should be done. “It’s pretty sad that we have so many potholes throughout El Paso,” he says, “Especially through the freeway when you’re going down 60 miles an hour down the freeway and you see a pothole, what are you going to do?”

The study looks at cities in large and mid-sized urban areas and EL Paso and southern New Mexico are in the large urban area category.

In the mid-sized areas, Laredo, Texas ranks as 13th roughest and highest cost to drivers and Lubbock, Texas ranks as 15th roughest and highest cost to drivers.

(This post was originally written on Oct 17, 2018, by Simon Williams. Read the original article here.)

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