10 states with the worst roads in the U.S.

Rusty, crumbling roads, overpasses and bridges in New York City, seen here, provide a glimpse of the many problems facing U.S. drivers across the nation. (Photo: Shutterstock) It’s pretty obvious to most drivers that roads in the United States, especially the interstate highway system, are in disrepair. Potholes and uneven road surfaces are the most obvious problems. But all over the country, roads are crumbling and bridges are in danger of falling down. As roads get worse, the potential for accidents increases, and drivers may have more flat tires, broken axles and cracked windshields, leading to more auto insurance claims. To provide an overview of the status of the country’s infrastructure, every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) provides a comprehensive assessment of 16 major categories in ASCE’s Infrastructure Report Card. Using a simple A to F school report card format, the Report Card examines current infrastructure conditions and needs, assigns grades and makes recommendations to raise them. In addition to providing a national report card, ASCE prepares state and regional report cards, on a rolling basis, following the same methods and grading system. A — Exceptional, fit for the future. B — Good, adequate for now. C — Mediocre, requires attention. D — Poor, at risk. F — Failing/critical, unfit for purpose. Overall, ASCE gives U.S. roads a grade of D. They are often crowded, frequently in poor condition, chronically underfunded, and are becoming more dangerous, ASCE says. More than two out of every five miles of the U.S. urban interstates are congested, and traffic delays cost the country $160 billion in wasted time and fuel in 2014. One out of every five miles of highway pavement is in poor condition, and U.S. roads have a significant and increasing backlog of rehabilitation needs. Related: 10 ways cities can enhance risk management and build resilience How did the roads get so bad? ASCE points out that the U.S. has more than four million miles of roads crisscrossing the United States, from 15-lane interstates to residential streets. In 2016 alone, U.S. roads carried people and goods over three trillion miles — or more than 300 round trips between Earth and Pluto. Here are the 10 states with the worst roads in the country and key facts about each one, according to ASCE: (Photo: Shutterstock) 1. Connecticut: 57 percent 21,512 miles of public roads, with 57 percent in poor condition. 338 (8 percent) of the 4,214 bridges are structurally deficient. $864 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair. Related: Here are the top 10 states people are moving from (Photo: Shutterstock) 2. Rhode Island: 54 percent 16,691 miles of public roads, with 54 percent in poor condition. 192 (24.9 percent) of the 772 bridges are structurally deficient. $810 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair. Related: Hail, water and wind are top auto perils between March and May (Photo: Shutterstock) 4. Hawaii: 39 percent 64 (5.7 percent) of the 1,132 bridges are structurally deficient. 4,455 miles of public roads, with 39 percent in poor condition. $708 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair. Related: Volcano claims and coverage (Photo: Shutterstock) 7. Washington: 31 percent 392 (4.8 percent) of the 8,178 bridges are structurally deficient. 14,252 miles of public roads, with 31 percent in poor condition. $656 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair. Related: Here are the top 10 states people are moving into (Photo: Shutterstock)` 8. Mississippi: 28 percent 2,098 (12.3 percent) of the 17,068 bridges are structurally deficient. 76,777 miles of public roads, with 28 percent in poor condition. $705 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair. Related: 10 poorest states in America (Photo: Shutterstock) 9. New York: 28 percent 1,928 (11 percent) of the 17,462 bridges are structurally deficient. 114,365 miles of public roads, with 28 percent in poor condition. $571 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair. Related: Could high-speed passenger trains be in our future? (Photo: Shutterstock) 10. Wisconsin: 27 percent 1,232 (8.7 percent) of the 14,230 bridges are structurally deficient. 80,338 miles of public roads, with 27 percent in poor condition. $637 per motorist per year in costs from driving on roads in need of repair. Related: Top 10 personal auto carriers for 2016, as ranked by NAIC


About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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