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Old 08-17-2012, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Collierville,Tennessee
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I am always wondering if the interstate condition is a good reflection of the fiscal condition of the state.

for example, when I drive I-78 from Memphis to Atlanta, in Mississippi the road is not as good as in Alabama. I-30 from Little Rock to Dallas, the road in Arkansas is not good as in Texas.

another example is I-55 from little rock to St. Louis, once enters Missouri, the road condition is much better than in Arkansas.

Seems AK and MS are pretty poor states comparing to TX, GA and MO.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Collierville,Tennessee
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*meant to say I55 from Memphis to St. Louis
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Denver
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You can edit your posts instead of double posting. Do surface roads count?
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Collierville,Tennessee
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yes, sure they count.

but I mainly just travel through those states via interstate
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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Florida has great roads (wasted on the worst drivers) but the state is dying, fiscally.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Here is a chart ranking the states by debt. Read the second column , "state and local debt", ignore the map which shows nothing, and the absence of a key suggests it is not intended to. The ranking computations may or may not be based on realistic parameters.

"Quality of roads" is highly subjective, and there is no empirical way to rank them Keep in mind that it costs twice as much or more to maintain a a mile of road in Michigan as it does in South Carolina, due to weather and geography. Road maintenance is paid largely through the fuel tax, which might be partly a separate fund unrelated to fiscal health of the state.

State Debt Ranking Percent GDP 1992-2017 - Charts
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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No road conditions are based on Climate basically, FL will have Better roads than MA, because for 4 months there isnt a constant freeze/Thaw cycle breaking up the road.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I used to think that. Long Island roads are awful. Baltimore is really awful.

Crooked politicians aside...

I think it has more to do with the treatment of the roads when it snows. So, if given the exact same amount of spending on roads, my opinion is Long Island, NY roads will always be worse than Tennessee roads simply because LI gets more snow and they treat them more.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Sector 001
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they are repaving portions of I-29 around where I live that in my opinion did not need to be done at all. I've drove on some bad interstate and there's still plenty of I-90 in southern MN that is far, far worse than what the stuff they are replacing around here is/was like. I don't think interstates have to do with the fiscal condition of the state since they are federally funded and not funded very logically from what I've seen.

There's no state income tax around here and the roads range from great to alright, no truely bad roads except the gravel ones which make up most of the state.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Any road I've ever been on in South Carolina tells how the state's doing economically. No wonder they hand out tickets like they're going outta style.
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