The North Carolina Chamber Foundation joined TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization, and the Regional Transportation Alliance on Tuesday in releasing a report that examines the condition, use and safety of North Carolina’s roads, highways and bridges, and the future mobility needs of the state. “North Carolina Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility” finds that roads and bridges that are deficient, congested or lack desirable safety features cost North Carolina motorists a total of $6.5 billion statewide annually due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. While the report looks overall at statewide transportation needs, it also drills down into North Carolina’s largest urban areas – Asheville, Charlotte, Piedmont Triad, Raleigh-Durham, and Wilmington. Press events were held at local chambers of commerce in these areas to discuss the report findings and the critical nature of meeting the state’s need for safe and efficient mobility, as additional demands are placed on the current transportation system. You can view the statewide media coverage and watch the Raleigh press conference.