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Department of Transportation Disputes AAA Study

Posted June 13, 1996

— June 14, 1996 - 6 p.m. EDT

The biggest problem with poor roads is increased danger, but there's also the matter of impact on the wallet. Potholes and other unattended road damage can, according to Shoaf, add considerably to the cost of automotive upkeep.

The same survey found that one out of every three bridges in North Carolina is obsolete or deficient, but some people at DOT don't sound like they're convinced with the AAA's numbers

Goode says he doesn't dispute that more money from the Federal government is needed for maintenance, but he does question the way the AAA study arrived at its conclusions ... by studying only 3,400 miles of highway.

By Goode's estimate, the correct number of poor roads is five or ten percent. With $450 million budgeted for maintenance and another $170 million for new roads and bridges, he says that number will be decreasing


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