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HOW FP 2 WORKS FOR YOU

Neglected Rural Roads
Drag on Economy
merica's rural transportation
system is in need of repairs
and modernization to support economic growth in
rural America, according to a July 2017
report from TRIP, a national non-profit
transportation research group based in
Washington, D.C. FP2 Inc. provides financial
support to TRIP.
The report, Rural Connections: Chal-
lenges and Opportunities in America's
Heartland, evaluates the safety and condition of the nation's rural roads and bridges,
and finds that the nation's rural transportation system is in need of improvements to
address deficient roads and bridges, high
crash rates and inadequate connectivity
and capacity.
The report finds 15 percent of U.S. rural
roads are rated in poor condition, while
21  percent are in mediocre condition.
Sixteen percent of the nation's rural roads
are in fair condition, and the remaining

Rank
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

STATE
Rhode Island
Connecticut
California
Hawaii
Mississippi
New Mexico
Vermont
Pennsylvania
Arkansas
Oklahoma
Missouri
Washington
Alaska
Virginia
Maine
Wisconsin
Louisiana
Michigan
West Virginia
Iowa
Idaho
South Dakota
Texas
Massachusetts
Minnesota

Rural Roads in
Poor Condition
41%
39%
38%
28%
25%
25%
24%
22%
22%
22%
21%
21%
20%
20%
19%
19%
18%
17%
17%
15%
14%
14%
14%
13%
12%

48 percent are in good condition. Ten percent of the nation's rural bridges are rated
as structurally deficient-meaning there
is significant deterioration to the major
components of the bridge.
The TRIP report also finds that traffic
crashes and fatalities on rural non-Interstate roads are disproportionately high,
occurring at a rate more than 2.5 times
higher than on all other roads. In 2015,
non-Interstate rural roads had a traffic fatality rate of 2.18 deaths for every
100 million vehicle miles of travel, compared to a fatality rate on all other roads of
0.83 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles
of travel. The number of fatalities and the
fatality rate on rural, non-Interstate U.S.
roads increased in 2105 after decreasing
each year between 2012 and 2014.
The TRIP report finds that the U.S. needs
to implement transportation improvements that will improve rural transportation connectivity, safety and conditions to

STATE
Rhode Island
Iowa
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
West Virginia
Nebraska
Oklahoma
North Dakota
Louisiana
Maine
Missouri
Mississippi
New York
New Hampshire
Michigan
North Carolina
New Jersey
South Carolina
Wyoming
Idaho
Alaska
Massachusetts
Wisconsin
Kansas
Montana

Structurally
Deficient Rural
Bridges
22%
22%
22%
20%
17%
16%
16%
16%
15%
15%
14%
13%
13%
13%
13%
11%
11%
11%
11%
10%
10%
10%
10%
9%
9%

provide the nation's small communities and
rural areas with safe and efficient access
to support quality of life and enhance
economic productivity.
The nation's ability to address its rural
transportation challenges will be greatly
enhanced if Congress is able to provide a
long-term, dedicated, user-based revenue
stream capable of fully funding the federal
surface transportation program.
Sources of information for this
report include the Federal Highway
Administration, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, the
National Cooperative Highway Research
Program, the American Association of
State Highway & Transportation Officials,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the
Council of State Governments and the U.S.
Census Bureau.
To view the complete report, visit www.
tripnet.org/docs/Rural_Roads_TRIP_
Report_2017.pdf.

STATE
South Carolina
California
Kentucky
Mississippi
Montana
Nevada
Arizona
North Carolina
Oregon
Arkansas
Virginia
Louisiana
Texas
Tennessee
Georgia
Pennsylvania
Wyoming
Illinois
West Virginia
Kansas
Indiana
Oklahoma
Washington
Michigan
Colorado

Fatality Rate
Fatality Rate per
per 100M VMT 100M VMT on All
on Rural Roads
Other Roads
3.82
1.03
3.19
0.66
2.98
0.72
2.93
0.70
2.81
0.86
2.77
1.06
2.69
1.15
2.68
0.65
2.56
0.64
2.46
0.90
2.46
0.51
2.43
1.16
2.35
1.09
2.35
0.91
0.96
2.33
2.30
0.83
2.28
0.92
2.24
0.70
2.24
0.81
2.24
0.50
2.24
0.61
2.21
0.91
2.20
0.64
2.19
0.59
2.09
0.83

Rhode Island ranks tops in percent rural roads rated poor, Minnesota ranks 25th according to TRIP report
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2017

President's Message
FP2 Marks Silver Anniversary
ARRA, FP2 Preservation Proponents Assault Capitol Hill
Neglected Rural Roads Drag on Economy
Early NCAT Results Favor Preservation
Perservation Partnerships: Southeast PPP Ponders Early Treatment Failures; Midwest PPP Meets in Michigan
Texas Contractor Upgrades Performance
Asphalt Emulsion Bond Coats Optimize UTBO, Thinlay Performance
Student Studies Sustainable Chip Seals
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Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2017 - President's Message
Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2017 - FP2 Marks Silver Anniversary
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Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2017 - Neglected Rural Roads Drag on Economy
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Pavement Preservation Journal - Fall 2017 - Early NCAT Results Favor Preservation
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