Study highlights dangerous traffic spots

Published On: Jan 17 2013 05:30:10 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 17 2013 06:27:33 PM CST
HOUSTON -

Whether its traffic congestion or the conditions of the roadways, when it comes to transportation issues, Houston-area drivers aren't afraid to tell it like it is.

"The roads are in terrible condition and traffic, traffic is always a bummer," Houston driver Osama Usman said.

Of the 100 transportation challenges outlined in a new report released Thursday by TRIP, a national transportation research group, 17 are in the Houston area. Two are in the top ten, including Interstate 45 between Beltway 8 and the South Loop and from where Interstate 10 and Interstate 45 intersect to the North Loop.

State Highway 288 between Beltway 8 and the South Loop was number 21 on the list. The report notes that Texas drivers are already paying a hefty price to the tune of $23 billion a year.

"In the cost of driving on rough roads or in the cost of traffic delays caused by congestion and the cost of traffic crashes," said Frank Moretti of TRIP.

The state has more transportation challenges than it has dollars to put toward fixing them. A portion of the state's gas tax goes towards the state highway fund, which pays for infrastructure improvements, but the rate hasn't been raised since 1991.

"There's a lotĀ of money we could be spending on things, but I leave it in the hands of the people who are in charge of those things and make those decisions. I think if there's big problem, then we should get together and say so," Houston driver Taneshia Barton said.