roads are the third-worst in the nation and the potholes and other
problems that plague them cost drivers in some cities almost twice the
national average in repairs and associated costs, according to a new
study of the state's highway system.
"The numbers mark a dramatic
decline in road quality. As recently as 11 years ago, Wisconsin's roads
ranked No. 22 in the nation, and their deterioration affects almost
every industry and motorist in the state, according to the study
commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute.
roads in the Milwaukee area cost drivers $700 a year in extra vehicle
repairs, according to the study; in the Madison area, road conditions
cost drivers an additional $615 in annual tire wear, maintenance and
accelerated deterioration. Nationally, substandard road conditions cost
drivers an average of $377 per year, the study found.
culprit: State budget cuts that have slashed the amount of money
dedicated to repairing both state highways and local roads, which has
left fewer than half of Wisconsin's roads rated as "good" or better, the
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