New federal report gives Texas roads a D+

When the White House report focused on roads and highways, Texas received one of the lowest grades in the country.

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NICK NATARIO: This is one area that needs repairs when it comes to roads and bridges here at the Brazos River turnaround off 59 here in Sugarland. It's been closed for more than a year because of water damage, but overall across the state the Biden administration says a lot needs to be done here in Texas. And the new report that was released today didn't hold back. A commute along Texas's roads is one some drivers wish they didn't have to make.

- There's nothing but potholes and just broken roads, always bumpy. It's hard to drive some time. Bad for the car. You're either damaging your wheels, your tires, or your shocks. It's expensive over time.

NICK NATARIO: Here's how bad the federal government says it is. In a report released today, it says in Texas there are more than 800 bridges and 19,400 miles of highway roads in poor conditions. The report says Texans pay more than $700 a year in vehicle repairs. Texas received one of the lowest grades in the country, a D plus.

- It's true. I agree. There's so much work needs to be done for it, especially as it still means we drive everywhere.

NICK NATARIO: Help could be on the way. The Biden administration is proposing the American Jobs Plan. It includes more than $600 billion to fix aging roads and bridges. Lawmakers met today in d.c. to discuss it, a plan some drivers say they want to see get passed. I think that's good, and we need to-- they need to spend some money on fixing these roads because a lot of it's messed up, and if he can help us out it'd help a lot.

- I mean, might as well. I mean, my money is going to something, might as well be something I use every day.

NICK NATARIO: The bill is only about infrastructure. There's billions of for other areas as well, including green energy, housing, and also broadband. Now I talked to a local economist from University of Houston Downtown. He says that while some say that this plan will create millions of jobs, he's not so sure, especially in the Houston area, he says, where we don't rely heavily on green energy and public transportation like other parts of the country. He says, eventually those tax credits will help out Southeast Texas, but we are not going to see any immediate job growth if the bill passes. In Fort Bend County, Nick Natario, "ABC 13 Eyewitness News".