South Dakota's rural roads and bridges ranked among worst in country

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

TRIP is a National Transportation Research Group that has released a report that provides a breakdown of the conditions of the nation's rural roads and bridges.

Virginia is ranked 14th among the 25 regarding its road conditions.

The study reports that South Carolina's rural roads have the highest rate of fatalities in the nation.

The report said that deaths on rural roads are caused in part by "a lack of desirable roadway safety features, longer emergency vehicle response times, and the higher speeds traveled on rural roads compared to urban roads".

South Dakota was ranked number 4 when it came to structurally deficient rural bridges.

Here in Virginia, they found that 20 percent of the state's rural roads are in poor condition and 24 percent rated with a mediocre condition. The total comes to 2.46 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled- almost five times higher than the fatality on all other roads in the state.

"There's no doubt ODOT does all it can to prioritize and stretch the dollars it's allocated and while the state has experienced serious budget deficits recently due to the low price of oil, the need for increased money for roads and bridges has never been more urgent".

They say the country's rural transportation system is in need of repairs and modernization to support economic growth.

TRIP studies found 15 percent of USA rural roads are in poor condition, 21 percent in mediocre condition, 16 percent are rated as being in fair condition and the remaining 48 percent are in good condition. SC ranks highest for fatalities per 100M VMT on rural roads while Colorado ranks the lowest.

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