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N.C. roads, bridges fare poorly

North Carolina's roads and bridges are among the worst in the country.

According to a study by The Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank based in Los Angeles, the state ranks 48th in urban interstate congestion and 41st in deficient bridges. The state also ranked 29th for fatalities per miles driven.

About 70 percent of urban interstates in North Carolina were rated as congested, while 31 percent of the bridges were deemed structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

The co-chairman of transportation advocacy group N.C. Go! said the anniversary of a bridge collapse in Minnesota is a reminder of the need to invest in infrastructure.

"North Carolina is falling further and further behind," said Berry Jenkins. "Our bridges are aging out of usefulness and safety faster than we can pay to repair or replace them." (WS-N)


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Re: N.C. roads, bridges fare poorly

One more example of Lt. Governor Perdue's failed leadership. What has she been doing for the past 20 years? We have to end business-as-usual in state government and invest in our roads and bridges. Politicians like Perdue need to stop using the DOT as their own political football and the DOT board as their own personal ATM.

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