Study: Bad roads cost you hundreds in repairs

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 9:40 AM

A new study by national transportation research group TRIP shows Seattle is ranked 12th in the nation for poorest road conditions. It suggests 45 percent of Seattle roads are in poor condition.

The same study also suggests that the average Seattle driver spends about $625 in annual vehicle repairs because of crumbling roads.

The results come as Seattle transportation leaders are set to lay out their wish list for city road repairs which pledges an additional $10 million in funding compared to 2012.

Mayor Mike McGinn's 2014 proposed budget represents a 37 percent increase in road maintenance funding over 2010  levels.

Earlier this year, the mayor announced nearly $14 million in neighborhood transportation investments which included new funding for potholes, sidewalks and surface repair.

The study looked at cities with more than 500,000 people.

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