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Are You In One Of These States With the Worst Potholes?

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#43. Kansas

– Pothole complaints: 1.8 for every 1,000 km of road This Midwest flyover state has the advantage of a population spread out across it with metropolitan areas of no more than 400,000 denizens each. Like other flyover states, Kansas is also a freight-through state, meaning heavy truck and haul traffic still creates its fair share of potholes.

8. Missouri

About 23% of Missouri’s roads are in poor condition and 12% of the state’s 24,500 bridges are structurally deficient. Missouri spends 20% of its spending on road repairs. The cost per motorist as a result of the poor road conditions is $699.

8. Louisiana

Louisiana has 1,634 bridges and over 3,410 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 9.3% in the state, and drivers pay an average of $667 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair.

According to our survey, there are “potholes everywhere” in Baker. In Opelousas, “the roads are patched and repatched numerous times! There are used tire stores all over this small city and they always have customers!” one resident told us.

A Keithville resident said their streets are “weather worn” and that “age is showing problems.”

Why are Louisiana roads so bad?

A lack of funding leaves Louisiana’s streets with much to be desired. The Bayou State’s pavement failure is likely caused by a “combination of traffic, moisture, and climate,” according to recent data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Poor Louisiana road conditions are thanks to:

  • Out-of-date transportation systems
  • Not enough state or local funding
  • Congestion and lack of safety features

#36. Minnesota (tie)

– Pothole complaints: 2.7 for every 1,000 km of road The Land of 10,000 Lakes is a regular target of this wintertime nuisance, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s preventive maintenance program has found success in getting in front of degraded roads before cracks make for asphalt fields of potholes. And MnDOT has help: Minnesota Public Radio has teamed up with SeeClickFix to map out the worst potholes and alert the agency. You may also like: Oldest cities in America

8. Georgia

People like that Savannah roads are “smooth,” Norcross lanes are “wide,” and Atlanta’s city streets are “clean,” according to our survey.

“There are still some minor repairs taking place. But due to the SPLOST tax credit, they have done lots of repairs,” a Jonesboro resident said. SPLOST is the special-purpose local-option sales tax. Any county can levy the optional 1% sales tax to pay for roads, schools, parks and other public facilities.

“I have lived here 16 years and have never encountered a pothole or anything in our roads that would be harmful to our car. Brunswick does a good job in keeping our roads paved, clean and safe,” according to another survey respondent.

Others said there are “no potholes” in Fayetteville and that Vinings has “outstanding road repair service.”

8. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is saddled with two pothole-ridden cities, it seems: Both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are in the nation’s top 10. The state itself is the target of 15.4 Twitter pothole complaints per 1,000 kilometers of road.  For more smart auto stories, please sign up for our free newsletters.

Cities With the Most Pothole Complaints

City driving often comes hand in hand with potholes. Still, the metropolis that inspires the most complaints may surprise you, unless you live there, of course. (Sorry, Atlantans.)   Atlanta (529.1 complaints per 1,000 kilometers of road) Washington, D.C. (451.4) St. Louis (385.2) New Orleans (324.4) Miami (310.3) Related: 30 Most Congested Cities in America

2. Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the second-worst roads in the U.S., with about 33% being in poor condition. Additionally, 14% of Oklahoma’s 23,100 bridges are structurally deficient. About 27% of state spending is on road repair; however, Oklahoma has the highest cost per motorist for poor roads at $900.

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