Research Shows Many Rural Iowa Roads and Bridges Not in Good Condition

Report officials said Oklahoma is in need of modernization to better support economic growth and connectivity.TRIP is a national non-profit transportation research group based in Washington, D.C. The chart below shows the states with the highest rate of rural pavements in poor condition, states with the highest share of structurally deficient rural bridges and those with the highest fatality rates on non-Interstate, rural roads.SC was ranked the highest for rural road fatalities. The report also showed 10 percent of US rural bridges are considered structurally deficient – having significant deterioration to major bridge components.The report finds 22 percent of rural roads in Oklahoma are in poor condition, making Oklahoma the 10th highest rate in the nation with that record.Fatalities on rural roads were almost two-and-a-half times higher than the fatality rate on all other roads in the state. John A. Corlett, AAA New York State’s Legislative Committee Chairman says, “Rural roads are far too often overlooked”.For state legislators and members of congress the safety needs of daily travelers should be a top priority. “North Carolinians who live and travel on rural roads deserve a transportation system that is safe, sufficient and reliable”. America’s rural transportation system provides the first and last link in the supply chain from farm to market, something that is very important for the farming economy of Northern Maine. In Oklahoma, significant deficiencies to rural roads and bridges were included in the report. The report is called Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland, and it evaluates the safety and condition of the nation’s rural roads and bridges.