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How Rough Is Your Ride?

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road construction How Rough Is Your Ride?A new national study finds 38-percent of metro Detroit roads to be in poor shape, costing area drivers an extra $536 a year in gas and repairs.

Metro Detroit commuters think those figures are too kind.
Bob Adams of Hazel park drives a taxi for a living and sees his fair share of bumps and potholes.

“Right there on the service drive (here at 9 Mile and I-75) … right, I mean they’re finally reconstructing this thing and I’ve lived in Hazel Park 24 years and this is the first time they’ve touched it in a quarter of a century,” Adams told WWJ’s Ron Dewey. He added that the real rough roads are in the back streets of neighborhoods that haven’t seen work in years.

The study was released Wednesday by TRIP, a national transportation research group, based in Washington, D.C.

TRIP says transportation agencies can reduce road repair costs by adopting an approach that emphasizes making early initial repairs to pavement surfaces while they’re still in good condition and using higher-quality paving materials.

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