Rural Roads By The Numbers

Miles of U.S. Highway 6 widened to four lanes since 2002: 46.5

Cost of straightening and widening one of the most dangerous canyon sections, per mile: $11.25 million

Cost of safety improvements on the entire stretch since 2002, per mile: $1.5 million

Highest number of fatalities in one year in the past 12 years: 23 in 1997

Lowest number of fatalities in one year in the past 12 years: 4 in 2008

Estimated cost of widening the entire stretch to four lanes: $678 million

Estimated cost of adding passing lanes, where possible: $595 million

Estimated final cost of rebuilding Interstate 15 in the urban centers of Salt

Lake and Utah Counties: $3.23 billion

Nationwide Stats

Miles of traffic lanes on rural roads in the U.S.: more than 6 million

Miles of traffic lanes on urban/suburban roads: about 2.4 million

Federal spending on rural highways, 2007: $13.5 billion

Federal spending on urban/suburban highways, 2007: $21 billion

Percentage of Americans living in rural areas, 2006: 23

Percentage of highway fatalities occurring on rural roads, 2008: 56

Sources: Federal Highway Administration; Census Bureau; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Utah Department of Transportation; U.S. 6 Final Environmental Impact Statement

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