Report: Connecticut motorists losing $5.1 billion annually

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report from a national transportation research group finds Connecticut motorists are losing $5.1 billion annually due to congestion-related delays, higher vehicle operating costs and traffic crashes.

Released Monday by TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based organization, the report finds 33 percent of major locally and state-maintained urban roads in Connecticut are in poor condition. More than a third of bridges are structurally deficient.

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff said the report comes at a crucial time, as federal surface transportation legislation is set to expire on Dec. 4. He said the report should be seen by Congress as a “call to action” from Connecticut.

Rocky Moretti, the group’s director of research and policy, said Connecticut’s pavement conditions rank below the national average, while congestion is similar to some other states.

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