Study shows poor Memphis roadways cost drivers

The poor conditions of Memphis’ roads and bridges is costing each driver $1,800 a year, according to TRIP, a Washington, D.C. based transportation organization.

The study reached that amount by measuring accelerated vehicle depreciation, repair costs, increased fuel consumption and tire wear.

The group also found 40 percent of Tennessee’s major local- and state-maintained urban roads are in poor, mediocre or fair condition; in Memphis, 52 percent of major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Rocky Moretti, TRIP’s Director of Policy and Research, told FOX13 the solution is more funding on a local and state level.

“The local governments and also state government will need to increase their investment and preservation. That's getting ahead of these older roads that are showing a lot of deficiencies, potholes,” said Moretti, “It's helpful obviously to try and go catch some of these problems as they occur what are the long-term solution like it is with our own homes is again making the long term repairs that are necessary.”

Moretti also told FOX13 there are a number of traffic safety improvement projects that have been identified, but they do not have the money to move forward with them.

TRIP’s study also found 19 percent of Tennessee’s bridges show significant deterioration or do not meet modern design standards; five percent are structurally deficient, with significant deterioration to the bridge deck, supports or other major components.

In the Memphis urban area, the study shows six percent of city bridges are structurally deficient; 19 percent are functionally obsolete.

The group also found that Memphis drivers spend an extra 43 hours a year in traffic because of congested road designs.