Study: Roads cost some NC motorists $1,300 a year

Raleigh, NC - RALEIGH, NC (AP) - A national transportation group says drivers in North Carolina's largest urban areas lose $1,350 a year because of lost time and gasoline costs sitting in traffic and because of bumpy pavement or poor safety conditions.

The nonprofit group TRIP released a report Tuesday that uses federal data to show what inadequate roads and bridges mean for motorists in Charlotte, the Triangle and the Triad.

The group says the costs for Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham area drivers are essentially the same, while drivers in Greensboro and Winston-Salem on average face $900 in expenses because there's less congestion in the Triad.

The study could help state transportation boosters persuade the Legislature to approve new ways to raise road construction funds.

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