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Birmingham roads among roughest in nation, according to new report

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Birmingham roads are among the roughest in the nation.  That's according to a new report by TRIP.  The report, "Bumpy Roads Ahead: America's Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother", says 36% of major roads in the Birmingham area are in poor condition.  It's costing area drivers $601 each year in additional vehicle operating costs.  The Birmingham area also ranks 18th among large cities in the annual cost to motorists of driving on rough roads.

In 2011, more than one-quarter (27%) of the nation's major urban roads (interstates, freeways and other arterial routes) had pavements that were in substandard condition and provided an unacceptably rough ride to drivers, costing the average driver $377 annually.  The nationwide annual cost of driving on deteriorated roads totals $80 billion.

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