PHOENIX — Drivers traveled nearly 67 billion miles across Arizona roads last year, making for the fifth year in a row that number has increased, the Arizona Department of Transportation reports.
The Traffic Volume Trends report from the Federal Highway Administration said Arizona drivers have increased their driving habits by 7.3 billion miles — that’s a 12-percent increase since 2011.
In 2016, Arizonans were on the road for a total of 1.8 billion more miles compared to 2015.
The report released by ADOT, which said that drivers across the United States traveled 3.2 trillion miles last year, emphasized the importance of state road upkeep and requirement for improved transportation across Arizona.
“Highways are key commerce corridors that drive economic growth and jobs,” director of ADOT John Halikowski said. “A well-built and well-maintained transportation system positions this growing state to capitalize on its proximity to major markets in California and Texas as well as south of the border.”
Arizona and the West showed the largest increase in travel across the United States from 2015 to 2016, according to the report.
- Distracted walking injuries end up not so funny
- Scary situations: 5 quick tips before you let a contractor in your home
- Four ways telemedicine is changing the health care industry
- 5 mistakes homeowners make in the spring
- Three rivers run through it: Exploring Arizona's waterways
- Smart home basics: things you need to know to get started
- 5 Surprising things causing back pain
- Arizona agriculture is a $17.1B industry
- Timeline: Arizona's roots in brewing history
- 5 reasons to love the D-backs this season
- Tips for taking your home entertainment experience to the backyard
- Tech-related injuries your parents never experienced
- Workers comp: Signs your co-worker could be a fraud
- Who's the real founder of America's pastime?
- Epidemic rising? What you need to know about Alzheimer's in Arizona
- 5 unforgettable Wooden Award winners
- Family and hard work are keys to success of modern dairy farmers
- Genetic testing could hold answers for colon cancer survival
- Cold beers and baseball: A beer lover's guide to Spring Training
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past