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Underfunded highway transportation fund could cost drivers

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Driving on poor roads and highways could be costing drivers and the cost could continue to rise if Congress doesn't act.

That's according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

According to 2013 data from the Federal Highway Administration, driving on pour roads costs Missouri Drivers an average of $380 dollars per driver, every year.

In Illinois that number is $292 per driver, and in Kentucky the cost per driver is $185 per year.

The same study reports that 73 percent of roads are in poor or mediocre condition in Illinois. And in Kentucky, 31 percent of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

The department's report calls for a long term funding solution to fix the infrastructure problems. The current Highway Trust Fund will expire on July 31, 2015, unless Congress does something about it.

The Department of Transportation is urging Congress to pass a long-term deal to fund the Highway Trust Fund.

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