State of Our Roads & Bridges

2,137 miles of North Carolina’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Raleigh to Phoenix — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average North Carolina motorist $340 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

2,085 bridges in North Carolina are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 7 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 59 miles of structurally deficient bridges in North Carolina. Over 3,000 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in North Carolina spent $3 billion on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.