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California drivers are spending $13.9 billion in repairs from diving on the state’s bad roads.

By Ronald D. White
March 25, 2013, 9:26 a.m.

The woeful condition of California’s road surfaces is costing drivers $13.9 billion a year in repairs and operating costs, according to a new report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Clark Barrineau, manager of state public relations for ASCE, said that the $13.9 billion figure came from an analysis done by TRIP, a national transportation research group.

Barrineau said that the $13.9 billion represented what the state’s drivers were paying for repairs and operation costs that they would not have incurred if they were driving on roads in good condition.

The cost works out to an average of $586 per driver, the report said.

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