How bad are rural roads and bridges in Pennsylvania? A new study says Pennsylvania drivers are nearly three times as likely to die on rural roads, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The study, “Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland,” ranks Pennsylvania:
- 12th in rural roads in poor condition at 21 percent
- 4th in rural bridges in poor condition at 18 percent
- 20th in deaths per million vehicle miles at 2.18 (the rate for all other Pennsylvania roads is 0.79)
“Rural roads and bridges have significant deficiencies and deterioration, they lack many desirable safety features, and they experience fatal traffic crashes at a rate far higher than all other roads and highways,” according to the study.
Help From the State? Don’t Hold Your Breath
You would think state officials are responding by allocating funds to protect the safety of the state’s taxpayers. Well, you would be wrong. For the second year in a row, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has canceled a $200 million program to upgrade 900 miles of rural roads, citing the continuing cost of landslides.
The “Rural Connections” report says the condition of roads are more important to rural residents and businesses because they lack alternative transportation available in urban areas. Farms and manufacturers, for example, rely on rural roads and bridges to transport their products. The tourism industry depends on roads and bridges for access, with most attractions, such as state and national parks, in rural areas.
A PennDOT spokeswoman, Alexis Campbell, defended the state’s road and bridge programs, yet also acknowledged the financial challenges.
“There’s no question that Pennsylvania is in desperate need of infrastructure funding,” Campbell said. “While PennDOT has made the most of the resources it has available, a significant investment on the part of the federal government is becoming more and more unlikely.”
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