AAA: Poor roadways mean unhappy commuters

Asbury Park Press- Motorists are growing increasingly frustrated with their daily commutes, according to a new AAA report.

In the report, released Monday at a Statehouse press conference, 45 percent of respondents said their commutes had gotten worse over the last two years.

“Worsening commutes lead to additional time sitting in traffic, impacting the quality of life for many New Jerseyans,” said Cathleen Lewis, a spokeswoman for AAA North Jersey.

The 600 drivers polled also gave low marks to the condition of state roads, although toll roads -- the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway — received the highest ratings.

About 31 percent of commuters ranked local roadways as "poor," nearly double since 2003. Another 40 percent rated local roadways as "fair."

Local roadways fared worst of all, with 31 percent ranking them as poor, up from 23 percent in 2014 and nearly doubled since 2003; 40 percent rate local roadways as fair.

In a news release, Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said the AAA report underscored the necessity of renewing the state's Transportation Trust Fund, the state's $1.2 billion funnel for millions in transportation maintenance and investments every year.

“New Jersey’s motorists are experiencing the consequences of a crumbling infrastructure and it is having an impact on roadway safety, the costs of car repairs and their quality of life with increased commuting times,” Sweeney said.

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