People that live in Minnesota like to complain about road construction, but we like to complain about potholes and bad roads even more. Those poor roads, according to a new study, cost the average Minnesota driver over $500 each year.

A report from the national transportation research nonprofit TRIP that was published earlier this month explains that a sizable number of Minnesota's roads are in less than ideal condition and that comes with a personal cost to drivers on an annual basis.

The report from TRIP explains that a total of 35% of Minnesota's major roadways are considered to be in "poor or mediocre condition". They go on to say that 5% of Minnesota's bridges are in "poor or structurally deficient" condition, further noting that 27% of Minnesota's bridges are more than 50 years old. The half-century mark is reportedly as the typical timeframe when significant rehab or replacement is usually considered for bridges.

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The report explains that driving on these poor roads and bridges comes at a total cost of $1.8 billion annually to Minnesota's drivers. This works out to a depressing total of $543 per driver in the form of repairs, accelerated vehicle depreciation, increased fuel consumption, and extra tire wear.

While the report found that Minnesota's vehicle travel dropped by 37% in April of 2020 due to the pandemic and remained lower through much of the year, travel had returned to nearly pre-pandemic levels by March of 2021.

The study found that Minnesota's motorists travel a grand total of 60.7 billion miles each year and also goes on to explain that a sizable portion of the state's $474 billion in commodities shipped to and from Minnesota each year spend time on the state's roadways.

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