Massachusetts roads are in free fall.
The cost of repair and maintenance, and of repairs and maintenance that do not have a proven benefit to the state’s roads, is spiraling upward.
A look at the latest numbers reveals a major problem for state officials: roads are not being maintained at their best.
There are just too many vehicles on the roads, and too many people traveling on them.
As a result, Massachusetts road maintenance is in a deep and costly hole.
We should be investing in infrastructure that actually improves our roads.
But we are not.
State officials should take a page from California, which has a $10 billion road repair program that provides millions of dollars to repair and improve roads in the Golden State.
That is not the case in Massachusetts, where roads are being left in a state of decay.
In fact, according to a report published last year by the state Department of Transportation, roads in Massachusetts were at their lowest level in years before the Great Recession.
Massachusetts has a backlog of more than 10 million vehicles on its roads, but just under 40,000 vehicles have been repaired or replaced since the Great Depression.
When it comes to fixing our roads, we are losing control.
If the state is serious about repairing our roads to their best, it must act.
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