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Worst Roads in America

Worst Roads in America

America, land of the free, home of the brave, potholes and faulty bridges. Truck drivers take to the roads of America each and every day, hauling freight and delivering the things we desire most while others drive to work, visit loved ones or travel for vacation. In honor of National Infrastructure Week here are the worst roads in America ranked by state.

Worst Roads in America

Rankings for the worst roads in America are broken down by state and based on the percentage of roads in poor or mediocre condition with data sourced from the Federal Highway Administration.

  1. Connecticut – 73 % (tie)
  2. Illinois – 73 % (tie)
  3. Wisconsin – 71 %
  4. Colorado – 70 % (tie)
  5. Road Island – 70 % (tie)
  6. Oklahoma – 70 % (tie)
  7. California – 68 %
  8. Washington – 67 %
  9. New Jersey – 66 %
  10. Oregon – 65 %
  11. Louisiana – 62 % (tie)
  12. Kansas – 62 % (tie)
  13. South Dakota – 61%
  14. New York – 60 %
  15. Nebraska – 59 %
  16. Pennsylvania – 57 %
  17. Maryland – 55 %
  18. Maine – 53 %
  19. Minnesota – 52 % (tie)
  20. Montana – 52 % (tie)
  21. Arizona – 52 % (tie)

Best Roads in America

These states have the least percentage of roads in poor or mediocre condition, making them the best roads in America.

  1. Indiana – 17 %
  2. Georgia – 19 %
  3. Nevada – 20 %
  4. Alabama – 25 % (tie)
  5. Utah – 25 % (tie)

States with the Worst Bridge Conditions in America

Rankings are based on bridges considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete with data sourced from the Federal Highway Administration. (Hawaii and Alaska excluded)

  1. Road Island – 57 %
  2. Massachusetts – 53 %
  3. Pennsylvania – 42 %
  4. New York – 39 %
  5. New Jersey – 36 %
  6. Connecticut – 35 % (tie)
  7. West Virginia – 35 % (tie)
  8. Maine – 33 % (tie)
  9. Vermont – 33 % (tie)
  10. New Hampshire – 32 %
  11. Kentucky – 31 %
  12. North Carolina – 30.5 %
  13. Louisiana – 29 %
  14. California – 28 %
  15. Michigan – 27.4 %
  16. Missouri – 27.2 %
  17. Maryland – 26.8 %
  18. Virgina – 26 % (tie)
  19. Washington – 26 % (tie)
  20. Iowa – 25.7 %

States with the Best Bridges in America

These states have the least percentage of bridges not considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

  1. Minnesota – 11.5 %
  2. Arizona – 12 %
  3. Nevada – 13.7 %
  4. Wisconsin – 14 %
  5. Utah – 15 %

Infrastructure Week

May 15–19 is National Infrastructure Week, a time to educate, plan and generate opportunities to rebuild our nation’s roads, bridges and more. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates $3.6 trillion is necessary to raise the standard of infrastructure level. Meanwhile, President Trump has proposed a $1 trillion infrastructure plan with details to be revealed soon says Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao.

“We’ve been hard at work at this, and so we’ll be releasing principles in about two to three weeks and then the legislative proposal will probably be tackled by the Congress in the third quarter,” Chao said.