More than 57% of Brazils highways need repair
Evaluating 100,000 kilometers (61,125 miles) of roadways, the CNT found 6.3 percent in a dismal state and another 16.1 percent in bad condition.
Only 42.7 percent of the roads inspected were rated as good or excellent in terms of safety and operating conditions, an improvement from last years figure of 37.2 percent.
This marks the first time the CNT has registered two consecutive years of improving road quality since the group began the annual evaluation 19 years ago.
The poor condition of road pavement generated 48.8 billion reais ($12 billion) in losses last year, with a quarter of that total attributable to accidents.
If all the roads were in good shape wed save 746 million liters (197 million gallons) of diesel fuel each year, which is equivalent to 2.1 billion reais ($538.5 million), CNT executive director Bruno Batista said.
He acknowledged that the problem may be due to the governments lack of funds to invest in roads and said the best solution would be awarding contracts to private companies to operate, maintain and repair highways. ■