Study: Mass. ranks poorly for road condition improvements

Massachusetts ranked 5th worst in the nation for road upkeep cost efficiency.

SRPINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)- As millions drive on the Massachusetts highway system, the annual study from the Reason Foundation says conditions on those roads are not improving year to year.

The study looked at several factors including road conditions compared to how much money each state dedicates to their highway system– a ranking Massachusetts came in at 5th worst in the country.

That poor cost-efficiency ranking was a result of the state spending more than half a million dollars per state-controlled mile of road in 2012.

Gregory Schmoke, from Springfield, told 22News that ranking surprises him. “I’m really surprised about hearing that considering all the taxes we’re paying, excise tax and everything. You know direct some of that money back, putting it back towards the roads.”

Some of the other things factored into the research included bridge deficiencies, lane width and safety, and the number of deaths from traffic issues on those roads.

Massachusetts’-run roads earned another poor ranking for their worsening pavement conditions from 2011 to 2012.

The study put Massachusetts in the category of having the bumpiest conditions on main rural roads alongside New Jersey and neighboring Rhode Island.

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