Report: 30% of Alabama roads in rough shape, 7% of bridges deficient; funds lacking

Thirty percent of major roads and highways in Alabama are in poor or mediocre condition—and there’s not enough funding to address the worsening problems, a research organization is reporting this week.

Driving on rough roads costs the average Alabama driver $507 annually in additional vehicle operating costs—a total of $2 billion statewide. That’s according to TRIP, a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit transportation research organization.

The report comes as lawmakers are poised to focus, as a priority, on the debate over an increase in the gas tax, last raised in 1992.

Bridges need work, too, but engineers don’t have enough money to address the needs.

The researchers note that “7 percent of Alabama’s bridges are structurally deficient, meaning there is significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components.”