Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

AAA Cites Crisis in U.S. Travel

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

AAA Cites Crisis in U.S. Travel

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The American Automobile Association said Wednesday that the federal government isn't spending enough to maintain deteriorating roads, bridges and air traffic control systems, threatening the lives of motorists and travelers.

"It should not take a multi-car pile-up, bridge collapse or mid-air collision to trigger government action," said Robert L. Darbelnet, AAA president.

The 39 million-member automobile association issued a report: "Crisis Ahead: America's Aging Highways and Airways," which cites federal statistics that say:

* More than a third of the major roads are in immediate need of repair. About 80,000 miles of highway are in "poor" condition, meaning they need work to restore their serviceability, and almost 160,000 miles are in "mediocre" condition, meaning they will soon need improvements in order to preserve their use.

* Twenty-five percent of the 570,000 bridges are "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete." The former means the bridges are closed or restricted to light vehicles because of deteriorating structure, while functionally obsolete means the bridges are unsafe for the volume or type of traffic they carry. …

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