Report: Reno roads among the worst

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- TRIP is reporting that 55 percent of major roads in the Reno urban area are in poor condition, costing area drivers $771 each year in additional vehicle operating costs (VOC).

The Reno urban area ranks second among mid-sized cities (250,000-500,000) in both the percentage of roads in poor condition and in the annual cost to motorists of driving on rough roads, according to TRIP.

TRIP is a national transportation research group based in Washington, D.C. The report, "Bumpy Roads Ahead: America's Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother," examines urban pavement conditions, transportation funding and economic development. Additional pavement condition and vehicle operating costs for urban areas with populations of 250,000 or greater can be found in the full report and appendices. The chart below contains rankings for mid-sized cities between 250,000 and 500,000 population.

Rank/Urban Area/VOCRank/Urban Area/Poor
1 Antioch, CA $7931 Antioch, CA 64%
2 Reno, NV $7712 Reno, NV 55%
3 Jackson, MS $7413 Santa Rosa, CA 51%
4 Hemet, CA $7384 Trenton, NJ 48%
5 Santa Rosa, CA $7095 Hemet, CA 48%
6 Temecula-Murrieta, CA $6646 Spokane, WA 45%
7 Trenton, NJ $6367 Jackson, MS 45%
8 Spokane, WA $6198 Temecula-Murrieta 43%
9 Madison, WI $6159 Worcester, MA 41%
10 Corpus Christi, TX $61410 Stockton, CA 40%
11 Worcester, MA $60011 Corpus Christi, TX 40%
12 Des Moines, IA $59112 Des Moines, IA 38%
13 Stockton, CA $58413 Madison, WI 37%
14 Baton Rouge, LA $58114 South Bend, IN 34%
15 Modesto, CA $56015 Davenport, IA 34%
16 Shreveport, LA $54916 Baton Rouge, LA 32%
17 Davenport, IA $54817 Scranton, PA 32%
18 Scranton, PA $53918 Fort Wayne, IN 32%
19 Oxnard, CA $53419 Modesto, CA 31%
20 Fort Wayne, IN $53020 Anchorage, AK29%

A 2010 U.S. Department of Transportation report found that the nation would need to increase annual funding for road and highway improvements by 21 percent to keep them in their current condition, by 51 percent to make a modest improvement in overall conditions and by 91 percent to make significant improvement to their condition.

Federal dollars are a key source of transportation funding in Nevada, but TRIP reports the lack of adequate funding beyond the expiration of MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) federal surface transportation legislation on September 30, 2014, threatens the future condition and performance of the nation's roads and highways.