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MAY 2018

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Page 10 of 75 ROCK products • May 2018 • 9 IN THE KNOW Roads and bridges that are deterio- rated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Illinois motorists a total of $16.4 billion statewide annu- ally – as much as $2,485 per driver in some urban areas – due to higher vehi- cle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transporta- tion improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traf- fic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Illinois, according to a new report released by TRIP, a Washing- ton, D.C.-based national transportation organization. The TRIP report, "Illinois Transpor- tation by the Numbers: Meeting the State's Need for Safe, Smooth and Effi- cient Mobility," finds that throughout Illinois, more than one-third of major locally and state-maintained urban roads are in poor or mediocre condition and 9 percent of locally and state-main- tained bridges are structurally deficient. The report also finds that Illinois' major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, causing significant delays and choking commuting and commerce. Illinois motorists lose a total of $16.4 billion per year in the form of extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to con- gestion-related delays, and the costs of traffic crashes in which roadway fea- tures likely were a contributing factor. The TRIP report calculates the cost to motorists of insufficient roads in the Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Metro East, Peoria-Bloomington, Rockford and Springfield urban areas. The TRIP report finds that 27 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads in Illinois are in poor condition and 9 percent are in mediocre condi- tion, costing the state's motorist an additional $3.5 billion each year in extra vehicle operating costs. These costs include accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear. "Illinois' infrastructure is vital to propel the state forward as an economic pow- erhouse," said Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch. "From Chicago to the Metro East, this report, which reflects sim- ilar numbers to that of Illinois state agencies, reveals the reality of Illinois' transportation systems from conges- tion to safety. Knowing where our state stands in these areas is crucial to under- standing our state's needs." Nine percent of Illinois' bridges are structurally deficient, with significant deterioration to the bridge deck, sup- ports or other major components. The Illinois Department of Transporta- tion projects that, under current funding levels, the percentage of state-main- tained roads and bridges in need of repairs will increase significantly in the next five years. Traffic congestion in the state's largest urban areas is worsening, causing as many as 63 annual hours of delay for the average motorist and costing each driver as much as $1,484 annually in Bad Roads and Bridges Cost Illinois Drivers Billions of Dollars FAST FACT Increased investment in transportation improve- ments at the local, state and federal levels could relieve this major problem. CRUSHING

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