CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Structural decay plagues many of our nation's roads, highways and bridges today, warns an IBISWorld analysis released late last month.
IBISWorld is a Los Angeles-based think tank that analyzes businesses across the country.
The group's recently released study -- "Election Spotlight: Transportation Infrastructure" -- states that more than "half of the country's roads and highways are in poor condition, 70,000 bridges and tunnels are structurally impaired and transit ridership is up an astounding 235 million trips."
The federal Department of Transportation estimates "adequate funding to repair and upgrade the nation's transportation networks is somewhere between $200 billion and $262 billion per year over the next decade," according to the IBISWorld analysis written by Andrea Alegria and Deonta Smith.
President Obama's 2013 budget estimates only $105 billion will be spent annually on transportation improvement over the next decade.
Republican leaders want even less.
The proposed budget recently introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. -- who lost his vice presidential bid but won re-election to his congressional seat -- allocates about 25 percent less.
Between 2013 and 2011, Ryan's budget would spend only $78.7 billion a year on transportation infrastructure, IBISWorld points out.
Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., recently said there are nearly 150,000 deficient and deteriorating bridges throughout the country, including more than 2,500 in West Virginia.
Rahall, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, said that is "nearly one out of every four bridges in the United States. Think about that."
Rahall urges people to remember the tragic Silver Bridge collapse in Mason County that killed 46 people driving across the Ohio River in 1967.