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Study: SA roads worst in state

Drivers pay for bad roads with repair costs

SAN ANTONIO - A new study released this month by TRIP, a National Transportation Research Group, reports that San Antonio drivers pay more than other Texas metro areas for annual operating costs for their vehicles.

The study said the average driver in the city pays $545 a year in operating costs for their vehicle. Austin had the lowest amount of $235.

According to the study, operating costs account for $6.1 billion of a total of $23.2 billion Texas drivers pay annually in repairs, sitting in traffic and safety costs.

Using TXDot data, the study showed that 33-percent of paved roads in San Antonio were considered in poor condition, by far the worst of the four metro areas in the study.

"It'll cause uneven tire wear and something like that can cause a car to drift," said Dave Rich, a master technician at Christian Brothers Automotive on Austin Highway. "You'll have issues where, say they hit something in the road, it can knock weights off a tire and cause vibration."

The one bright spot in the study for San Antonio came in the traffic department. San Antonio drivers lost an average of 30 hours a year sitting in traffic and wasted just nine gallons.

Houston topped both categories with 57 hours lost and 30 gallons wasted.

The study cited a report by the 2030 Committee that said an annual investment of $9.9 billion was needed to keep roads, bridges and congestion at 2010 levels.

State highway costs are expected to rise to $2.6 billion a year.


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