Where are the Worst/Best Roads?

By Eric Braun, Senior Writer, USRW

I’d be preaching to the choir if I brought up the topic of “bad roads” but it’s an issue that affects us all, it takes a toll on our rigs costing us more for maintenance and repair. It’s a safety concern as well but is there anyone who is concerned that can make a difference?

Of course there is, but you wouldn’t know it by the success of their work, our roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that each dollar spent on road, highway and bridge improvements results in an average benefit of $5.20 in the form of reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, reduced road and bridge maintenance costs and reduced emissions as a result of improved traffic flow.

There is another positive to a massive overhaul; it could provide a significant boost to the economy by creating jobs and stimulating long-term economic growth. All these positives beg the question.

Why are we not investing in our infrastructure?

It’s a simple question and I’m sure the politicians would have simple answers. We are not re-investing on our future, there are certain things you have to do and maintaining and upgrading our nation’s highways is one of them. We need a long term, stuck to plan that identifies priority projects and triage the work, much like an EMT would do at a mass causality incident.

The 2015 AASHTO Transportation Bottom Line Report found that annual investment in the nation’s roads, highways and bridges needs to increase from $88 billion to $120 billion and from$17 billion to $43 billion in the nation’s public transit systems, to improve conditions and meet the nation’s mobility needs.

Driving on roads in need of repair costs U.S. motorists $112 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs, twenty-three percent of the country’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete and forty-three percent of America’s major urban Interstates experience congestion during peak

According to Auto Guide, these states have the worst roads.

Oklahoma, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Alabama, Maryland Wisconsin, Washington State, Michigan, New York, Hawaii, California, New Jersey.

Now those states are skewed on damage vs miles etc. So we need the feedback of our Road Warriors (consider yourself deputized) you travel these roads, you pay taxes and tolls to do so, where is all that money going if not for the roads? Why is our industry not being taken seriously when it comes to the safety of the nation’s commerce and those who make it happen?

Tell us what you think, what state has the best or worst roads?

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