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RI tops list of crumbling roads as funding runs out

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Congress doesn't have much time to extend funding construction project across the country.

And a new report shows Rhode Island is the worst offender when it comes to road conditions.  This new report comes one month before the highway trust fund, the fund that pays for road repairs, is scheduled to run out.

The report shows Rhode Island has the highest percentage of obsolete or deficient bridges in the country.

The new data comes directly from the White House.  President Barack Obama is pushing Congress to put $300 billion toward road repairs.  The president warns if we don't put money toward infrastructure repairs the economy will suffer.

Many states, including Rhode Island, have already increased the gas tax to pay for road and bridge repairs.

Construction workers in Rhode Island, and across the country, have complained about the low number of projects currently in the pipeline.

Many construction workers directly relate the lack of road construction projects to a struggling economy.

This report demonstrates that 65 percent of U.S. roads are in less than good condition, Rhode Island is consistently one of the worst offenders.

Rhode Island has the highest amount of deficient or obsolete bridges - a much higher percentage than any other state in the country.

If funding doesn't continue for road projects, an estimated 3,500 jobs in the state of Rhode Island are at risk.

Rhode Island drivers also have the second highest vehicle repair costs, second only to California.

On average drivers here pay more than $661 a year in vehicle repair costs due to bad road conditions.

The president begins a national tour Tuesday talking about the importance of replenishing the highway trust fund.

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