trucker has his own opinion about where the best and worst roads are.
But this week, The Road Information Program put some numbers behind
program released a study this week that rated roads in cities and
states across the nation, listing what percentage of each area’s
roads were in good condition or in need of repair. According to
TRIP, Atlanta has the smoothest ride of all, with at least three-quarters
of its roads in good condition.
three metropolitan areas reached that peak – Atlanta, Orlando, FL,
and Phoenix, the study said.
roads are far more rare than bad, the study noted. Only 14 metropolitan
areas have at least half their roads in good condition.
and states with bad roads were much easier to find. TRIP reported
that the 10 worst metropolitan regions for roads with poor ride
quality are: Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco/Oakland, San Diego,
Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Sacramento, Boston and Oklahoma
“major arterial routes” covered in the study carry 78 percent of
miles traveled by cars, buses and trucks, TRIP noted in a release.
And more miles are being traveled every year. Large truck traffic
increased by 46 percent over the past 10 years, the study reported,
while overall traffic increased by 30 percent.
study rated cities by the annual cost motorists pay for repairs
caused by bad roads. Automobile users pay $706 more for repairs
each year in Los Angeles because of the bad roads. The average was
$396. Atlanta’s smooth surfaces cost motorists only $54 a year.