More than half of the rural roads in the U.S. are rated poor, mediocre or fair and almost a quarter of rural bridges are functionally obsolete or structurally deficient. Their deterioration has contributed to a fatality rate three times the national average for those traveling along them, according to a report by TRIP that highlighted potential negative impacts if the government delayed funding reauthorization of the highway bill. "Killing funding for our aging roads and bridges would be tantamount to economic malpractice," said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC chief executive officer.

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