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Old 05-18-2018, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Pelahatchie
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I am on the road all day, from one end of the metro area to another! The roads are HORRIBLE! Hinds county is the worse but Rankin and Madison are not far behind! I have been to 26 US states and 14 foreign countries and its absolutely pathetic how horrible our roads are! Now a young girl has died in Jackson from hitting an uncovered manhole! This is just ridiculous. - Rant Over
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of AL and FL
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I am on the road all day, from one end of the metro area to another! The roads are HORRIBLE! Hinds county is the worse but Rankin and Madison are not far behind! I have been to 26 US states and 14 foreign countries and its absolutely pathetic how horrible our roads are! Now a young girl has died in Jackson from hitting an uncovered manhole! This is just ridiculous. - Rant Over
Those associated with that paving project on Ridgewood will probably be held responsible for that, so that's more an indictment on that project and it's relevant entities, rather than an indictment on the roads in Mississippi. An open manhole is simply negligence.

However, yes, Mississippi suffers from a variety of expansive clay and it is nearly impossible to get that stuff under control. We've got into a cyclical deal where it's simply cheaper to continuously repave roads with asphalt every 5-7 years rather than fix the road bed for good. The stuff just wreaks havoc.
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:47 PM
 
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Mississippi is the poorest state, couple that with corrupt/incompetent politicians and you have mess our roads have become. There is also farm/forestry equipment and overweight commercial traffic tearing up our roads with very little MDOT/law enforcement to police oversized vehicles. I know farmers who will haul gain and move equipment in the middle of the night to avoid being caught going over bridges with low weight limits.

Jackson is just completely a cluster, they can't anything right, in addition to the aforementioned issues, they run everything through often unqualified minority contractors, many only siphon off money and provide low quality work (if any).

Don't get me started on contract enforcement and QA, it is almost non-existent in many municipalities.
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I am on the road all day, from one end of the metro area to another! The roads are HORRIBLE! Hinds county is the worse but Rankin and Madison are not far behind! I have been to 26 US states and 14 foreign countries and its absolutely pathetic how horrible our roads are! Now a young girl has died in Jackson from hitting an uncovered manhole! This is just ridiculous. - Rant Over
I had a job some years back in field sales/merchandising with Mississippi as one of the states that I covered and I remember being surprised at how rough the roads were in comparison to other Southern states. The roads here are pothole-y but I pretty much expect that because of the freeze-thaw that goes on here in the Snow Belt. I think that in the case of Mississippi, it has more to do with lack of funding for infrastructure.

It's a shame about the girl. Potholes have definitely led to accidents here and cause a lot of damage to vehicles (tires/rims & control arms/ball joints).
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:26 PM
 
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I had a job some years back in field sales/merchandising with Mississippi as one of the states that I covered and I remember being surprised at how rough the roads were in comparison to other Southern states. The roads here are pothole-y but I pretty much expect that because of the freeze-thaw that goes on here in the Snow Belt. I think that in the case of Mississippi, it has more to do with lack of funding for infrastructure.

It's a shame about the girl. Potholes have definitely led to accidents here and cause a lot of damage to vehicles (tires/rims & control arms/ball joints).
The accident wasn't because of a pothole. It was because of a uncovered manhole.
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