While Americans logged more highway miles than ever in 2016, Rhode Island saw use of its roads drop last year, according to new estimates from the Federal Highway Administration.
Drivers traveled 7.766 billion miles on Rhode Island roads in 2016, 67 million fewer miles than in 2015, the federal agency said Tuesday.
The total miles driven in 2016 was the second lowest in the last six years, only behind the 7.677 billion miles traveled in 2014. Rhode Island driving, which includes trips by both commercial and passenger vehicles, topped 7.9 billion miles in 2011.
The national driving figures are based on counts provided by the states and the 2016 estimates are preliminary.
As Rhode Island vehicle volumes have stagnated, national driving continues to increase.
Drivers logged 3.2 trillion miles nationwide last year, the fifth straight year with an increase, according to Federal Highway.
The agency said in a news release Tuesday that the amount of driving nationally “reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure.”
Source: Providence Journal