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From Anchor Tony McEwing

A Very Bumpy Road Ahead For L.A. Drivers

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Los Angeles is notorious for its nightmarish traffic. And now comes word (surprise, surprise) L.A. also has the most horrendous roads of any other big city in the nation. How bad is it? Bad. Really, really bad. And incredibly costly. More on that in a bit. According to the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group TRIP, the greater L.A. area has the most deteriorated streets in the country, with a full fourth of the region's roads getting a grade of "F." Overall, our streets barely earn a "C" minus. Certainly nothing to brag about.

The potpourri of potholes, cracks, crevices and craters marring the L.A. area landscape are costing commuters tens of millions of dollars in repairs to their vehicles. It's estimated the average driver spends $832 a year fixing this or that on their cars and trucks, courtesy of our increasingly infamous infrastructure. The result of decades of neglect.

But how does a city facing a deliriously daunting deficit come up with the $3.5 billion needed to smooth over all the rough pavement? City officials seem to think the answer lies in making yet another trip to the public trough. They're hoping voters will feel generous enough to pass a big bond measure on the ballot. But times are tough. Getting two-thirds of the local electorate to dig that deeply into their pockets won't be easy.

To be fair, road repair is not just an L.A. problem. Nationally, more than a quarter of major highways and streets are in poor condition, according to the federal government. These roadways handle about 78% or two trillion miles driven every year in urban America. It is a crisis all of us will eventually have to pay for by repaving our roads or in costly car repairs.

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