Research released by the national transportation organization TRIP says the average San Antonian spends $1,780 a year because the state's roads are congested, ill maintained, and frequently unsafe, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"Statewide, the cost of the public of a road system that has pavement deficiencies, is often congested, and, in many cases, lacks desirable safety features is just over $25 billion a year," TRIP's Rocky Moretti said.
And Moretti says there is also the cost of burning precious gasoline during hours and hours stuck on the highway, looking at nothing but the brake lights of the car ahead of you.
"The average motorist here in the San Antonio area spends an addition 38 hours a year stuck in traffic," Moretti said. "That is almost a full work week that I'm sure people could spend being more productive and doing something more enjoyable than being stuck on the highway."
TRIP, which is funded by a coalition of transportation companies and firms which do road construction, is pushing for approval of Proposition One on the ballot in November. It would allow money that comes into the state's Rainy Day Fund in excess of a benchmark set by lawmakers to go directly to highways, about $1.3 billion a year.
The Rainy Day Fund is replenished from oil and gas severance fees, and is currently overflowing due to the booming Eagle Ford and Cline Shale booms.
Moretti says motorists who don't like toll roads need to realize that they are already paying tolls, in the form of increased wear and tear on their vehicles.
"The worse shape the roads are in, the quicker the roads deteriorate, the quicker you have to be back in the showroom, and that has real costs for you," he said.
He says those extra vehicle operating costs add up to $662 a year for the average San Antonio commuter.
TRIP is also pushing for approval of gas tax increases and other new sources of money to finance additional highway repairs and construction.