Rochester, NY -- Advocates for safe transportation are out with a new report showing commuters in the Rochester area face $1,285 a year in extra vehicle operating costs because of deficient roadways.
The figure is included in a report from Washington-based research group TRIP.
Spokesman Rocky Moretti says aging and rough roads are putting a drag on the state's economy totaling $20 billion per year. The costs include extra vehicle maintenance and lost time in traffic jams.
The TRIP report says 34 percent of major roads in the Rochester urban area are in either poor or mediocre condition. And traffic congestion is causing 28 hours of delay each year for the average Rochester driver.