Report: More than half of Ariz. roads in poor or mediocre condition

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- More than half the roads in the state of Arizona are considered to be in poor or mediocre condition.  That’s according to a report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers.  The group also says nearly 1,000 of Arizona’s bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

ASCE rates the nation’s infrastructure every four years.  Overall, the organization issued a D+ for the U.S. overall.  Engineers evaluate conditions and improvement needs for not only roads, but bridges, drinking-ater systems, ports, mass transit and the electric grid.

The report is broken down by states. The numbers for Arizona show that of the state’s more than 60,000 miles of public roads, 52 percent are in bad shape.  Arizona ranks 35th in the country when it comes to highway vehicle-miles traveled (approximately 9,366 miles per capita).

The ASCE says the state’s poor road conditions cost the Arizona drivers $887 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs. That breaks down to $205 per motorist.

This report also examines bridges. ASCE’s study shows 247 of Arizona’s bridges are considered to be structurally deficient, and 721 are considered functionally obsolete.

Check out to take a closer look at not only how Arizona rated, but other states across the country, as well.