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LOS ANGELES -- Damaged and congested roadways are costing drivers in Los Angeles nearly $2,500 a year, according to a national report released Thursday.

The report by TRIP, a Washington, D.C. group that assesses the nation's roads each year, finds that Los Angeles roads are the roughest in the nation, with 92 percent of major roads in the metro area in poor or mediocre condition.

The group breaks down the $2,500 lost annually by drivers as: $746 in extra car operating costs; $1,480 in lost time and wasted fuel; and $236 in accidents caused by poor road conditions.

Highland Avenue from Santa Monica Boulevard to Franklin Avenue in Los Angeles, and Route 5 from Beach Boulevard to the Los Angeles County Line in Buena Park are among the most deteriorated roads in the L.A. area, according to TRIP.

The report states that Los Angeles drivers endure the worst traffic congestion in the nation, costing the average motorist 70 hours per year stuck in traffic. The study found that significant improvements to highways would decrease traffic fatalities and help relieve congestion.

A total of one-third of Los Angeles area bridges and overpasses are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, according to the study. Bridges in the Los Angeles area with the lowest sufficiency rating include Santa Anita Avenue over Rio Hondo in El Monte, and The Old Road over the Santa Clara River in Los Angeles County.

The study finds that current roadway conditions are costing California $40 billion a year due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays.

The state faces an annual surface transportation funding shortfall of $10 billion, according to the group.

The study also claims making needed transportation repairs will help boost California's economy.

TRIP is sponsored by insurance companies, businesses involved in highway and transit engineering and construction and organizations concerned with an efficient and safe highway transportation network.

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Read the full report: http://www.tripnet.org/index.html