A new study out from the Reason Foundation says Florida has a long way to go to improve road conditions in the state, ranking us 37th out of 50 for a variety of conditions on our highways. I informed Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn of the results.
"It doesn't surprise me."
The study looked at several categories, including urban congestion, traffic fatalities, and pedestrian safety. Bruhn knew the Central Florida area would not score well in that category.
"We are in really bad shape there, and I know there's been a conscious effort to make people aware of that, but I see it every day that I'm actually going through town."
We also ranked next to last in amount spent per capita on bridge repairs, and 45th out of 50 states on road upkeep per capita. Mayor Bruhn says the area transportation agency Metroplan has worked very hard on each of the categories in the study, but dollars are a problem.
"Florida is what you call a donor state, so for every dollar we send to Washington, we only get 92 cents back. So we are actually contributing 8 cents out of every dollar we spend in taxes to Washington back. So we basically are subsidizing other states."
Gas tax revenue has been in decline in recent years as cars become more fuel efficient and people have been driving less because of the economy.