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July 23, 2015

Report: Trenton-area roads among worst in U.S.

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The Trenton metro area's roads are among the worst in the nation, according to a new report released Thursday by TRIP, a transportation research group in Washington, D.C.

The Trenton area has the fourth-highest percentage of roads in poor condition in cities of 250,000 to 500,000 people, with 48 percent of its roads rated poor.

"New Jersey's transportation infrastructure is deteriorating and without significant and sustainable long-term investment it will only worsen," Tracy Noble, a spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic, told

"Ignoring the funding problem at both the state and federal levels not only impacts mobility and safety on our roadways, it also impacts the quality of life for every New Jersey resident."

The study also found that motorists in the Trenton area have to pay an extra $764 annually for vehicle maintenance and excess fuel consumption. The area had the sixth-highest annual additional vehicle operating cost per motorist in urban areas with a population between 250,000 and 500,000.

The New York-Newark area ranked seventh in cities of more than 500,000 people.

Read the full report here.