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City leaders, transportation research group discuss problems with Huntsville’s roads

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and other local leaders met today to discuss the state of the Rocket City’s major roads and infrastructure.

They held a news conference with representatives of TRIP, a national transportation research group.

A recent TRIP report found 56 percent of major roads in the Huntsville area are in poor or mediocre condition, costing the average motorist $619 each year in extra vehicle operating costs, vehicle depreciation and additional repair costs.

TRIP’s report also found 19 percent of major urban roads are in poor conditions statewide, and eight percent of Alabama’s bridges are structurally deficient.

Mayor Tommy Battle pointed out some of the roads named in the study, classified in the Huntsville urban area, are in neighboring counties.

We’ll have more coverage of the group’s findings this evening on WHNT News 19 at 4:00pm, 5:00pm and 6:30pm.