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Why are some roads in such bad condition?

Asked by Blackberry (31011points) April 17th, 2010 from iPhone

Seriously…...I think running over all of these pot holes is messing up my alignment. Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t our tax money go to things like this? If someone pays me I’ll do the work.

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lfino's avatar

The winter was bad everywhere resulting in major potholes and everybody’s budgets suck so there’s not enough money to correctly fix the roads. They just keep applying bandaids.

jazmina88's avatar

The harsh winter played havoc on the roads. KY is already fixing ones in Louisville. There are hotlines to report potholes. The money is used well here.

mrrich724's avatar

earthquakes and packed roads really did a number on LA. And it’s so overpopulated and bad traffic so much that there’s no way they can fix more than one little bit at a time.

And yea, you would think they had the money to do something about it with all the money they take from us. . . not so much.

thriftymaid's avatar

Some jurisdictions do a better job than others. My city keeps the roads is great condition, but the larger city close by has horrible roads.

jerv's avatar

Like many places, Seattle has budget problems.

In NH, it was that not enough people complained so they only worried about roads in the tri-city area near the coast. Hell, many roads only got plowed in the winter because the residents had their own plows!

OpryLeigh's avatar

Here in the UK we recently had a couple of months of heavy snow. The people who fix the roads are still trying to fill in all the potholes.

Buttonstc's avatar

It is really dependent upon the priorities set by the powers that be in whichever State or area in which you live.

I am continually aghast at how little priority is given to road maintenance here in Michigan, especially in winter.

When driving to Philly and back one can see the clear differences when crossing state lines between Pa. and Ohio and then Ohio to Michigan.

For a Northern state, they are by far at the bottom of the heap concerning snow removal of all the states I’ve ever driven through. Horrible.

ucme's avatar

I’m reminded of the Beatles song A Day in the Life.

“I read the news today oh, boy.
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall”

A little indulgent but appropriate enough I think.

john65pennington's avatar

The test results are in and Tennessee is the winner! this was a survey years ago by truck drivers and their opinion of which state had the best roads. Tennessee won hands down. i must agree with their choice. not because i live in Tennessee, but because the wife and i travel a lot and we judge for ourselves. one of the best stretches of interstate in the nation is on I-24. this has got to be the smoothest surface of any i have driven on. you definetely know that you are in Tennessee, once you cross the border from Kentucky. there is a world of difference in the pavements. hats off to Tennessee!

mattbrowne's avatar

Tea baggers don’t want to pay taxes.

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