LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles drivers not only have to battle the worst traffic in the United States, but they must do so on roads that rank as the second-worst in the country, according to a report released Tuesday.

Sixty percent of Los Angeles roads are in “poor” condition, costing drivers $892 a year in maintenance costs, according to the report from TRIP, a Washington, DC non-profit that researches and analyses data on transportation issues.

Only the San Francisco area had a higher percentage of roads in poor condition at 71 percent.

The report says that while many cold areas can blame poor weather and freeze-thaw cycles for having roads in various states of disrepair, Los Angeles has no such excuse.

“Although road deterioration is often accelerated by freeze-thaw cycles, found most often in the nation’s northern and Midwestern regions, the urban areas with the highest share of poor pavement conditions include urban areas from a variety of geographic areas,” the study says.

Of course, L.A. is no stranger to the worst-roads list, and has placed second in previous years, including 2010.

In studying a possibly remedy, KPCC notes that about 17 percent of revenue from Measure M, a half-cent sales tax hike that is on the November 8 ballot in L.A. County, would go towards a dozen highway improvement projects. An additional 17 percent would go to local municipalities for pothole repair and other transportation projects.

Measure M is endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, among others, but is opposed by cities including Carson and Torrance, who say the measure neglects the southeastern part of the county.


Comments (7)
  1. At best a questionable conclusion. I drive all over California and LAs roads are smooth as glass compared to those in places like Kern or Monterey Counties.

  2. Steve Getz says:

    The roads might be falling apart and the infrastructure crumbling but at least the City has $800k to spend on a survey regarding the homeless “feral cat” problem in LA….Well spent!!

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