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Old 06-21-2007, 09:07 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Personally if you ask me this is a no-brainer. California and Texas have by far the best roads in the nation. Excellent highways. Even the country roads are tar roads that look freshly maintained. Excellent for driving on. Oklahoma has fairly well-maintained roads as does Ohio. Georgia also has excellent quality roads. Some of the states with the worst roads IMO are Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. THese states are among the poorest in the nation. Roads are in terrible shape.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Wi for the summer--Vegas in the winter
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California, Texas, Colorado have the best roads IMO. Nevada, Oklahoma, Washington have nice roads as well. The worst roads in the nation have to be in the Chicago Metro area.
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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The worst roads in the country, without question, are in Michigan, paticularly on the eastern side of the state. You could fly B-52's in a massive air bombardment over Michigan and the roads would look marginally worse than they are now for motorists.
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Old 06-21-2007, 02:03 PM
 
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My vote for worst goes to Louisiana, because of the National Minimum Drinking Age act of 1984.

IIRC, Louisiana had federal highway funds withheld for a number of years, because of their refusal to raise the minimum drinking age to 21. This is why their roads look like Bolivia's.
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Old 06-21-2007, 02:16 PM
 
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But, besides Louisiana, I think you could put Mississippi or South Carolina up there too. I realize that this is essentially a pissing contest, and I challenge anyone to demonstrate that their state's roads are worse than my state's roads.

Here's an independent article, which explains the results of a study of state DOT's.

State Report Cards: South Carolina State Government Performance 2005 (http://results.gpponline.org/StateOverview.aspx?id=132&relatedid=1%20target= - broken link)

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To say South Carolina has some infrastructure problems is to put it mildly. The state's roads are the most underfunded in the land and, partially as a result, the fatality rate is the nation's third-highest per mile. Problems are particularly acute on the 25,000 miles of secondary roads that aren't eligible for federal aid.
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Only a small handful of other states have more roads to take care of, and a disproportionate number in South Carolina are narrow and poorly lit two-lane roads that wind their way through rural counties.


Or, you can take it from The State DOT website.

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South Carolina has the fourth largest state-maintained highway system in the nation. Nationally, only 21% of all highways are under state control. In South Carolina, 63% of all highways are under state ownership and control. Yet, South Carolina taxpayers contribute less in state highway taxes than the taxpayers in any other state.
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Nearly one-third of South Carolina's primary and Interstate highways are now in poor or mediocre condition.
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Approximately half of our secondary roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
One out of every five bridges in the state is considered deficient.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:24 PM
 
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Pennsylvania hands down, at least that is what the truckers say.

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That article is from the 2005 rankings, but PA was ranked worst in 5 of the last 10 years.

In 2006 Louisiana was worst and PA followed right behind it. Although it was mentioned in the 2006 report that a lot of Louisiana's poor roads were due severe Hurricane Katrina damage.
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:00 PM
 
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the best roads are in ohio & connecticut. the worst, without a doubt, is rhode island.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:49 PM
 
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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In driving cross-country, I distinctly remember the roads in Arkansas being absolutely horrific. Potholed, too narrow in some spots, too wide in others, no guardrails in places where there should have been, no lighting, lane markings were faded or old ones hadn't been painted over, random gravel or other things on the road. Maybe I just drove through after a twister or something.

Best? I don't know if I'd say they're the best, but actually all things considered, the roads here in Virginia are remarkably good. They're generally smooth, well-lit and with clear lane markings and signage. Now the drivers who drive ON these roads, that's another story...
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Old 06-22-2007, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Central Coast, CA
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All I know is there's no such thing as a merge lane in Reno. I think the engineer's plan was "hope for the best".
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Old 06-22-2007, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Michigan definately has the worst roads in the country...Illinois is also pretty bad.

I lived in South Carolina, and wouldn't consider the state even close to the worst in the country....
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