Road conditions cost Austin drivers $1,700 a year

AUSTIN (KXAN) — During traffic, frustration can reach levels as high as the Texas heat.

“It’s just a pain in the, uh, it’s a pain in the toosh,” says Dan Vimont.

Such a pain, that Vimont swore cars out of his life for good.

“No parking, no gas expense, no payments. It’s just financially, by far, better.”

A new report says he’s right.

TRIP, a nonprofit transportation research group, revealed Texas transportation data on Wednesday.

They say Austinite’s are paying roughly $1,700 a year because of poor road conditions and congestion.

Also found in the study, a total of 42 percent of major roads in the Austin urban area are in either poor or mediocre condition.

Local mechanics are seeing these numbers roll right through their shops.

“As far as suspension wise, it does have an impact on your shocks, your ball joints, and stuff like that,” says David Buratti, manager at Reddy Automotive. “Also hitting holes, unlevel grounds.”

The problems plaguing our roads are making common problems, more common; like cars overheating and worn out tires.

“If you ride on the same roads and hit the same holes everyday, it is going to create a bigger problem,” said Buratti.

So unless more money goes into our roads, TRIP officials say we can expect more money to come out of our wallets.

Lawmakers say they have a solution.

They hope Texas voters will say yes to a constitutional amendment this November.

The Transportation Fund would use rainy day money from oil and gas production.

If passed, they plan to put more than one billion dollars into Texas roads and infrastructure.

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