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Old 12-21-2009, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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“This year’s report shows the difficulties that many states are having when it comes to making across-the-board progress in road conditions. In many cases, we see two steps forward, one step back. And real progress in reducing urban congestion has slowed to a crawl.” –David Hartgen, lead author of the Reason Foundation’s 18th Annual Highway Report


"About 53% of the poor-condition urban interstate mileage is in just four states; California, New York, New Jersey and Texas.

About 64% of all the poor-condition rural interstate mileage in the U.S. is in just four states; California, New York, Alaska and Louisiana.

Poor-condition mileage is increasingly a local problem rather than a national problem, with four states (California, Minnesota, Maryland and New Jersey) having more than 70% of their urban interstates congested."

The state of highways | Trucks at Work Blog (http://blog.fleetowner.com/trucks_at_work/2009/12/21/the-state-of-highways/ - broken link)

Check out the states that have improved and the states that have worsened.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:27 AM
 
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I wouldn't think that Minnesota would be on the level of California, Maryland, and New Jersey as far as having the interstates congested. The other three are no surprise.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:55 AM
 
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I wouldn't think that Minnesota would be on the level of California, Maryland, and New Jersey as far as having the interstates congested. The other three are no surprise.

I think Minnesota is up there because many of the freeways in the Twin Cities are NOT that wide for the amount of traffic they carry. The article cited the states for "having more than 70% of their urban interstates congested."

California used to have great roads, but it hasn't been that way for at least a decade.

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"Mississippi moved up 11 positions, from 38th to 27th by sharp improvements in both urban and rural interstate condition."
Mississippi's roads have GREATLY improved since the 90's. Gotta love that casino money! The capital city, Jackson has lousy roads due to the Yazoo clay there though.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I wouldn't think that Minnesota would be on the level of California, Maryland, and New Jersey as far as having the interstates congested. The other three are no surprise.
Traffic in the Twin Cities gets pretty bad!
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:31 AM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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I am sure Pennsylvania was just overlooked. Otherwise it would be up there with the worst. Eastern PA is much worse than New Jersey.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I'm surprised Michigan isn't on this list. Potholes everywhere.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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I'm not going to lie; California's roads are pretty bad. In fact, most of California's infrastructure is falling apart. It has the wost combination of having extremely densely populated areas that are nearly uniform in density (guaranteeing traffic all of the time) AND having to cover an immense amount of distance. CalTrans has to be one of the most inefficient agencies of the California state government. Of course, when it comes to the CHP catching speeders, they're one of the most efficient when they want to be.

You can see the stark contrast as soon as you cross the California state line from any direction, as you drive from well-maintained roads (especially from Nevada, ranked 17th) to cracks in the roads, potholes, and inefficient traffic controls. The interstate rest stops in California are also a pretty dirty place to stop, which is why most of them are beginning to be closed down.

Reason Foundation - 18th Annual Highway Report
(Link to the highway report)
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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A blind person riding as a passenger would know exactly when the border from CA to NV was crossed.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:36 PM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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This is probably a survey where New Mexico (my state) grades out favorably. I have never encountered so much as a pothole with the roads here. The quality of the road maintenance here is first rate.
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:27 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I am sure Pennsylvania was just overlooked. Otherwise it would be up there with the worst. Eastern PA is much worse than New Jersey.
I was thinking the same exact thing. Eastern PA highways are deplorable and *usually* are the trucker's #1 foe.
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