Group: 51% of G.R. roads in poor shape

(WZZM) -- A national transportation group says the Grand Rapids area has some of the worst roads in the country, and the state and federal governments must put more money into repairing and maintaining the infrastructure.

TRIP, a research organization, released its report Thursday morning.

The group says 51% of major roads in and around Grand Rapids are in poor condition. According to TRIP, that puts metro Grand Rapids ninth among large urban areas based on the percentage of poor roads.

The report also says drivers in the area spend $803 per year in additional vehicle operating costs because of poor road conditions -- the 13th most of any large urban area in the U.S.

TRIP is calling on state and federal governments to put more money into road repairs.

Grand Rapids voters agreed to spend more money on city streets in a millage vote last year. That vote has resulted in about $34 million in road improvements in 2014 and 2014. Without that vote, a city official said, Grand Rapids would only have spent about one million dollars.

Assistant city engineer Rick DeVries said the city used to be deluged by complaints about the poor quality roads. Now, he says, the complaints are about all of the detours caused by road repairs and reconstruction.


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