White House says 95% of DC roads are in poor condition

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Depending on where you get your information, the odds of a smooth ride could be against you if you are driving through the District.

A new report put out by the White House says 95 percent of public roads in D.C. are in poor condition. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) puts their estimate at 23 percent. Regardless, it could be about to get worse. That's because time and money are running out of the Highway Trust Fund.

President Obama spoke about this Tuesday from a research center in McLean, Virginia: "It helps states support transportation projects. If Congress fails to fund it, it runs out of money. That could put nearly 700,000 jobs at risk, including more than 17,000 jobs right here in Virginia."

The report goes on to say that 6 percent of public roads in Virginia are in poor condition. Think about this, the Commonwealth has 50 times the miles of road that D.C. has. In Maryland, the White House says 20 percent of public roads are in poor condition.

President Obama is pressuring Congress to move forward. If the Fund runs out in August like it's expected, not only roads are at risk, but other transportation projects are as well. For example, in Virginia, almost 150 bridge replacements may not happen and dozens of small transit systems could grind to a halt. And that's just the beginning.

The President wants Congress to take action.

"Do something, that's my big motto for Congress right now, just do something, and if they don't like the transportation plan I've put forward, at least come up with your own plan," said Obama.

The House and Senate are said to be working on a stopgap measure to keep transportation running until at least the end of the year.


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