QOTD: Potholes, Dips, and Craters - Oh My!

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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Our roads are a mess. It doesn’t seem to matter where in America (or Canada) one travels, there stands a very good chance that one will find crumbling infrastructure. In fact, the United States ranks eighth in the world in national infrastructure quality, behind Germany and the U.K., but above France and Canada, according to one recent study. Some days, it sure seems worse than that.

Which leads us to today’s question: what’s the worst road in your neck of the woods?

We don’t mean the most dangerous roads. Those are terrible, too, but often earn their badge through some combination of poor design and bad traffic patterns. No, what we mean in this post are the roads most likely to shoot a strut right through the hood of your car.

Back in June, Business Insider ranked a few states in terms of their appalling road conditions. New York was ranked eighth, laying claim to 114,365 miles of public road, 28 percent of them rated as being in poor condition. Heavy traffic (both in terms of weight and volume) combined with winter conditions that promote tarmac-warping freeze/thaw cycles all conspire to scupper the pavement in New York.

As a percentage, the same study reported that Washington, D.C. has the country’s worst roads, with a shocking 95 percent of the district’s 1,507 miles of public roads being classified as “poor.” As a function of basic math, small states which have a relatively low total mileage of public roads fared poorly in terms of a percentage.

Leading the way in terms of total miles of cratered pavement is California, no surprise for anyone who’s plied roads in the Golden State. About half of the state’s roads, which total nearly 200,000 miles worth, are said to be in poor condition, according to that same report.

What’s the worst road near your home? We’re sure there’s plenty of them.

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  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Jan 22, 2018

    Where's that classic Citroen suspension? If only tojo could do it cheap & reliable.

  • APaGttH APaGttH on Jan 22, 2018

    Just about any non-arterial street in downtown Seattle, Belltown, South Lake Union, and Queen Anne is a complete $h1t show. It's a crater field of ruts, bumps, and metal plates from the endless construction. Heavy equipment and trucks have buckled the pavement, the city has no motivation to repave while massive construction is going on, and some of these streets truly resemble the roadways of Managua or Granada, Nicaragua. Roads are also covered in construction barriers and portable no-parking signs that investigation after investigation shows that construction companies are abusing to secure free parking for themselves. In many places outside of arterials, they are barely 2 lanes wide. I hate driving down there.

    • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Jan 23, 2018

      Eh. After dating a Baltimore girl for a while and doing the attendant driving in that city, I can't get exercised about anything I've seen anywhere in Seattle, South Lake Union chaos included.

  • Bobbysirhan I'd like to look at all of the numbers. The eager sheep don't seem too upset about the $1,800 delta over home charging, suggesting that the total cost is truly obscene. Even spending Biden bucks, I don't need $1,800 of them to buy enough gasoline to cover 15,000 miles a year. Aren't expensive EVs supposed to make up for their initial expense, planet raping resource requirements, and the child slaves in the cobalt mines by saving money on energy? Stupid is as stupid does.
  • Slavuta Civic EX - very competent car. I hate the fact of CVT and small turbo+DI. But it is a good car. Good rear seat. Fix the steering and keep goingBut WRX is just a different planet.
  • SPPPP This rings oh so very hollow. To me, it sounds like the powers that be at Ford don't know which end is up, and therefore had to invent a new corporate position to serve as "bad guy" for layoffs and eventual scapegoat if (when) the quality problems continue.
  • Art Vandelay Tasos eats $#!t and puffs peters
  • Kwik_Shift Imagine having trying to prove that the temporary loss of steering contributed to your plunging off a cliff or careening through a schoolyard?