Study: Oklahoma City, Tulsa Roads Among Nation's Worst

Monday, October 2nd 2006, 3:11 pm
By: News On 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new study ranks Oklahoma City and Tulsa among the nation's urban regions with the bumpiest roads.

The transportation research group "TRIP" says 43 percent of Oklahoma City's major roads in poor condition to tie with Baltimore for the 12th worst in the nation .

Tulsa is tied with Indianapolis and the Oxnard-Ventura, California, area for 15th poorest roads with 37 percent in poor condition.

TRIP says the roads cost Oklahoma City drivers $568 a year in operating and repair costs and Tulsa drivers pay an additional $527.

The cost in Oklahoma City is 8th-highest among urban areas and Tulsa's cost is 15th highest.

The report looked at the smoothness of major roads in metropolitan areas of at least 500,000 people.

San Jose, California is rated as the area with the roughest roads at 66 percent in poor condition. San Jose is also the costliest in additional operating costs at $705 per driver.

The best roads were found in Atlanta with none rated poor and drivers paying about $36 per year in additional operating costs.