Study: Bad Illinois Roads Costing Drivers Millions, Wasted Time

FILE - This Sept. 11, 2013 photo shows the bridge on Western Avenue over the Cal-Sag Channel framed by the rusted supports of the closed Chatham St. bridge in Blue Island, Ill. The Western Avenue bridge was classified as both "structurally deficient" and "fracture critical" in federal data for 2012. For motorists, Illinois' reliance on rapidly diminishing federal funding to repair the state's aging roads and bridges means wasted hours stuck on congested roads, more money spent on car repairs and lots of frustration. How to fill the gap has become another vexing problem for new Gov. Bruce Rauner. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Drivers are dealing with very bad roads in Illinois. A study conducted by TRIP shows the state’s crumbling and congested roads are costing motorists more than 18-billion dollars a year in damaged vehicles and wasted time. The findings were released yesterday as part of an ongoing effort by various interest groups pressing for a new capital bill for the state. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce supports a 25-cents-per-gallon increase in the state gasoline tax to pay for transportation projects.

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