Report says drivers pay $1,000 yearly for poor roads

2:09 PM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan residents could be paying as much as $7.7 billion a year out of pocket due to poor road conditions.

That's according to a report released on Tuesday by a transportation research organization called TRIP. The report examined road conditions in both Detroit and Grand Rapids.

The report says driving on poor roads increases drivers' vehicle operating costs for things like extra fuel wasted during traffic jams and car repairs. That comes out to $1,027 per year for the average Grand Rapids driver.

The report also says 40% of roads in Grand Rapids are in poor or mediocre condition.

Click here to read the full report from TRIP.

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