San Diego is the sixth worst metropolitan city for roads, according to a recent report by The Road Information Program of Washington, D.C., a group also known as TRIP.
TRIP, a transportation research group that studies roads around the country, found that 58 percent of San Diego’s roads, which includes interstates, freeways and other critical local routes, were in substandard condition.
The report found that roads with unacceptable pavement quality resulted in rough rides and cost motorists $623 a year in additional vehicle maintenance.
Nationwide, pavement conditions in metropolitan cities, which generally refers to areas of 500,000 people or more, have worsened in recent years from 22 percent cited in poor condition in 1998 to 26 percent in 2003, according to the group.
Kansas City, with 71 percent, came in as the No. 1 metropolitan city with substandard roads, followed by San Jose with 67 percent, St. Louis with 66 percent, Los Angeles with 64 percent, and San Francisco/Oakland with 60 percent.
According to the research group, a desirable goal for state and local governments is to maintain 75 percent of its roads in good conditions.
Only three metropolitan areas, Atlanta, Orlando, Fla., and Phoenix, received that rating while just 11 areas have at least a 50 percent rating.