New York's Crumbling Roads, Bridges Cost Drivers More Than $500 Annually


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New York State stands to benefit immensely from the $1 trillion investment from the federal government's recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The law is the largest federal investment in infrastructure in more than a decade and should provide relief for a constant nuisance attacking the wallets of everyday American drivers.

A team of analysts from QuoteWizard by Lending Tree found that deteriorating roads and bridges cost the average American driver about $556 every year, due to taxes and fees associated with non-acceptable roads and poor bridge decks.

Nearly 20 percent of America's roads and 6 percent of the nation's bridges are currently in unacceptable condition.

In New York, specifically, QuoteWizard found that aging roads and bridges cost drivers approximately $509 every year in taxes and fees to repair. But that's far from the worst in the nation.

QuoteWizard ranked states from 1 to 50, based on how much their road infrastructure costs drivers annually.

Analysts found that drivers in Oklahoma pay more to drive there than anywhere else at about $900 per year. California, Rhode Island, Mississippi and New Mexico round out the rest of the top five most expensive.

New York ranked 10th worst in road quality, but the nation's 31st most expensive state for driver's — far better than New Jersey (9th), Connecticut (13th) and Pennsylvania (19th).

But substandard roads also have a more direct impact on driver's wallets, too.

American motorists collectively pay $120 billion every year in car repairs and operating costs — that averages out to $533 per driver — a figure that could be reduced if roads were in better shape.

Go here to read more of QuoteWizard's findings.


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