Central Pennsylvania's deficient roadways and bridges are driving up the cost of operating a vehicle to more than $1,600 each year, according to a new study.
The report released Wednesday by TRIP, a Washington, DC-based national transportation organization, blamed the higher operating expenses on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to traffic congestion, and the cost of crashes where the roadway was likely a contributing factor.
The TRIP report found that 41 percent of major roads in the Harrisburg-York-Lancaster area are in either poor or mediocre condition.
Traffic congestion in the area is worsening, according to the report, and is causing 45 hours of delay for the average driver each year.
The report also found that the average driver in the area wastes an average of 22 gallons of fuel each year due to congestion.
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