Americans drive record-setting miles in 2018

New numbers show Americans drove more miles in 2018 than ever before.

According to the latest data, Americans drove a record 3.2 trillion vehicle-miles, which signals a strong economy.

“Record-setting vehicle-miles traveled reflects a robust economy, lower gas prices and is another reason to ensure that America’s roads and bridges are well-maintained and modernized to improve safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

However, it also means more wear and tear on the nation’s infrastructure.

KBJR 6 spoke with Brandye Hendrickson, Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation. She said not only are potholes a major issue in the Northland, but the harsh winter has made it a problem all across the country.

“It’s a very hot topic that’s really front and center right now in a lot of states,” Hendrickson said. “We hope within the Federal Highway Administration to work closely with our state partners to make sure the projects are delivered and done so in an efficient way and our dollars are prioritized.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation officials say they are committed to delivering road and bridge projects more quickly.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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