Report: Poor TN road conditions cost drivers $6B

A national transportation research group says deterioration, congestion and lack of safety features on Tennessee roads and bridges cost the state’s drivers $6 billion annually, according to an AP brief summarizing the study.

The report by TRIP was released Tuesday, the day before a House floor vote on Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to raise the gas tax for road improvements. The group says the $6 billion figure includes higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.  

The report says the average extra cost to each driver annually is $2,019 in Memphis, $1,667 in Nashville, $1,471 in Chattanooga and $1,376 in Knoxville.

Note: The full report is HERE. TRIP bills itself as a nonprofit research organization “sponsored by insurance companies, equipment manufacturers, distributors and suppliers; businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction; labor unions; and organizations concerned with efficient and safe surface transportation.”

3 Responses to Report: Poor TN road conditions cost drivers $6B

  • Dwight Jewell says:

    Obviously We can pay a little more at the pump to have good safe roads, OR pay much more in vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion related delays.
    To those “no new taxes” folks, there is a larger cost to be paid for doing nothing. That is unless you never drive anywhere!

  • cannoneer2 says:

    Didn’t another organization’s survey recently say we had the best roads of any state?

  • Bob Miles says:

    This report is done by a group that is sponsored by companies that will make money off of the gas tax hike.

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