ROME — Roads in Rome are falling apart, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake, and they’re all but impossible to fix, experts say.
A new study published in the journal Nature says Rome’s crumbling roads are the result of a combination of factors, including lack of funding, poor planning and lack of investment.
It blames the city’s crumbling infrastructure and a lack of planning for the deterioration, but the researchers say the problem can be fixed if the city were to make more investment.
“It’s a huge problem,” said study co-author Marco Mazzolanti, a professor of geography at the University of Pisa.
“If you want to get the whole city into a state of preservation, you need a lot more money, and you need planning.
And the more you invest in infrastructure, the worse it becomes.”
Rome has a problem that I think we are still ignoring.
“Rome’s roads, including the famous Via del Cielo, the infamous Piazza Navona and the famed Catania boulevard, are crumbling because the city has not invested in them, Mazziolanti said.
The streets are so bad that the city could be in danger of falling into a “dire state,” the researchers said.
The study’s findings were based on a survey of more than 3,000 people living in Rome.
It found that Rome’s traffic congestion is costing the city an estimated 10 billion euros ($12.8 billion) a year, and the costs have increased every year since 2008.
Rome spends an estimated 80 percent of its revenue on roads.
The remaining 20 percent comes from a number of taxes and fees.
Roads and bridges have become so heavily congested that they are not needed for transportation, said study author Carlo Maroni, who heads the city planning department.
The city has been planning to build a $100 million pedestrian bridge across the Colosseum in 2021, but that project has been delayed because of the high cost of building.
Traffic congestion in Rome has also been exacerbated by the city being a hub for illegal immigrants, the study found.
The population of Roma has risen by almost 200 percent since 1990, making it the largest ethnic group in Italy, according to a 2011 report by the Pew Research Center.
“So they are trapped. “
People who live in Rome know that if they come to the city and have a job, they’re not allowed to leave the city,” said Maroni.
“So they are trapped.
The result is that, even though they live in the capital, they don’t feel safe.”
If the city was to invest in roads, we could solve the traffic problem and solve the problems in other parts of the city, like the Colusso area,” he said.
However, a number have called for Rome to be given more money to build its roads.
In March, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi proposed giving Rome the power to levy a tax on any property that fails to meet the citywide standards, and Berluscians center-left coalition has been pushing for the measure.
The capital can’t be a city of the rich and famous, but of the poor and poor neighborhoods,” said Stefano Scavino, a Rome-based political analyst.