A national transportation research group has put the Tucson metropolitan area among the worst places in in the nation when it comes to street maintenance.

Citing newly-released data, the Washington D.C.-based TRIP, announced today something most Tucson drivers already know - more than 50 percent of main streets are in poor condition.

We wrote about the local streets back in June.

Tucson ranked fifth on the list of major metropolitan areas with bad streets, behind Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco/Oakland, San Jose and San Diego, according to TRIP. 

The Old Pueblo made another list as well, coming in seventh in cities where poor roads were costing commuters hundreds of dollars in repairs. 

They estimate its costs the average driver roughly $723 a year to replace tires, brakes, struts and shocks by driving on poorly-maintained streets. 

Ron Shoopman, president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and David Martin, president of the Arizona Chapter of the Associated General Contractors advocated for increased pressure to find more funding for roads, specifically mentioning lobbying the state legislature for more HURF funds as well asking for bond funding in the (expected to be postponed) county bond package. 

Prop 409, which will pour more than $85 million into the city's main streets, was only mentioned once during Thursday's press conference, organized by The Associated General Contractors of America.

It is unclear whether Tucson would still crack the top 10 once the voter-approved Prop 409 monies have been spent. 

Copies of the report can be found here, with a two-page press release located here.

Curious about the condition of your street? Consult the Arizona Daily Star's street condition database.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson 


Reporter with the Arizona Daily Star. I cover politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona.