It's Official: LA Has The Worst Roads In The Country

It's Official: LA Has The Worst Roads In The Country

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Pot holes and uneven streets, in LA they're almost as bad as being stuck in traffic. 

Motorist Joel Stallone says, "lots of pot holes, the tar seems to be built up there's lots of ditches the lanes are not very well marked so it's tough to get around."

He's right, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana rank first in the country among large cities for the worst roads and high costs to motorists according to a new study by the National Transportation Research Group, TRIP. 

The study says 64  percent of major roads are in poor condition, and drivers are forking over an average of $832 dollars a year on maintenance since bad roads mean more pot holes and wear and tear on cars.   

It's no surprise business is good for places like California Tire.

Trevor Benson-Mallen is the manager,"there's a lot of broken rims, tires, issues with cars hitting pot holes, bending things under their cars." 

Streets may only get worse.  Federal funding is expected to scale back for highway improvement projects  starting next year.   

Cal-Trans is well aware of the problem. 

"We have made significant progress in improving our pavement  we have plowed in about 4 billion dollars in repair projects, but we do need to have 3.5 billion in funding every year for the next ten years to keep up with our pavement needs.  This year we only have 1.5 billion. " 

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