Wisconsin Roads: Third Worst in the Nation
A new study by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute has found that the conditions of Wisconsins roads are the third worst in the country. And the cost is far reaching, affecting everyday motorists, tourism and major industries with ties to the state.
Potholes and other road issues can cause not only damage to the maintenance of your vehicle, but also can lead to car accidents. If you or someone you love is injured or killed in an auto accident, our experienced team of personal injury lawyers can help you get the justice you deserve.
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The study found a dramatic decline in the quality of the states roads over the last several years. Only 11 years ago, Wisconsin roads ranked 22nd in the nation for quality.
That deterioration costs drivers more than twice the national average in car maintenance, tire wear and accelerated deterioration. Specifically:
- The poor condition of Milwaukee roads cost drivers $700 a year in extra vehicle repairs.
- Madison roads cost drivers an additional $615 every year.
- The national average for car maintenance is $377 per year.
The cost to the three major industries in Wisconsin manufacturing, farming and transportation is also significant. The study warned that if the states roads are not improved, the effects could impair Wisconsins recovery from the Great Recession, which has already been slow. It claims that companies considering moving to Wisconsin will most likely opt for other locations with a better infrastructure.
The study blames state budget cuts and slashed allocation of funds dedicated to repairing state and local highways. The lack of attention these roads have received has left less than half with a rating of good and the majority with countless potholes and serious needs for repairs.
With the increased deterioration of the roads also comes an increased risk for auto accidents and poorly maintained vehicles. The auto accident lawyers at PKSD are here to help if you are involved in a Wisconsin car accident.