A new report shows the state is in a state of chronic traffic gridlock, a result of the inability of the state to make enough money to fix roads.
In a letter sent to Gov.
Doug Ducey on Thursday, the advocacy group Save Arizona said the state had no money to pay for its own repairs and was running out of money to fund road maintenance and maintenance crews.
Save Arizona called the state “a public safety nightmare.”
“While it’s certainly not unprecedented to see state and local governments failing to pay their share for their own road maintenance, we’re witnessing the first serious signs of serious deterioration in the state of Arizona,” the group wrote.
“Arizona needs a national model of highway infrastructure and public safety.”
In the letter, Save Arizona asked Duceys administration to “address the state-owned transportation network by addressing the crisis at the state level and immediately.”
The letter said the Department of Transportation (DOT) was underfunded, had no budget for maintenance, and that funding for road repairs was inadequate.
Duceies administration has been trying to make up for lost revenue, which has been the main reason why Arizona has fallen behind in the nation’s rankings for highway safety.
The state’s traffic gridlocked roads are causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage every year.
They also contribute to higher health care costs and a decrease in economic activity.
Dont be fooled by Arizona’s high ranking in the world for safety.
It’s not about the top spot.
It is about the safety of Arizona citizens, and the safety and well-being of their families, Ducees administration said.