We love to complain about the condition of the roads throughout New York. Well, it looks like we have a good reason to be upset.

New York's roadways are in terrible shape - That's not an opinion, that's fact. Just ask anyone who has lived in New York, they'll tell you - The roadways need some serious help. Now there's more proof behind that, after a new report was released by TRIP - A private nonprofit organization that studies, and evaluates the roadways, bridges, and other areas of transportation across the nation.

Their latest report showed New York wasn't doing too well, and that was in more than one area. According to New York Upstate,

Seventeen percent of the pavement on New York's interstate highway system is in poor or mediocre condition, the tenth-worst rate in the nation.

Not only that, but according to TRIP's report, New York is in fourth for having bridges that are structurally deficient - With eight percent of the bridges in the state being in this condition.

So what does this mean for New York? Is this a problem that's going to be fixed?

The good news is with a study like this, it brings light to just how bad the highways and bridges are throughout the state. Getting people (especially lawmakers) aware of the situation, and starting the conversation is the first step.

Unfortunately, any fix is a long process. Back in 2015, President Barack Obama signed a five-year plan that added more money to highway improvement. But getting that extra money (a major portion coming from taxes on gas), has been hard to do.

This is all on a national level. In the state of New York, the governor is trying to make improvements, however. According to New York Upstate,

Greg Biryla, executive director of Unshackle Upstate, applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature for including $27 billion for infrastructure in Upstate New York in the state budget passed this year.

So our lawmakers and leaders DO understand there is a problem with the roads in our state, it's just a hard problem to fix. It's not going to be figured out overnight.

 

 


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[New York Upstate]

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