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  • Report: The US Capital Has The Worst Roads In America

    Roads are pretty bad across the entire country, but none are as bad as the ones in the nation’s capital, according to new data gathered by TripNet, a transportation research firm.

    The TripNet report, which was compiled from Federal Highway Administration data, shows that while 28 percent of the country’s major roadways are in “poor” condition, 92 percent of roads in the District of Columbia are rated “poor,” The Washington Post reports.

    A poor rating means that there are so many potholes and cracks in the roads they can’t just be resurfaced, and need to be completely rebuilt.

    At 92 percent “poor” roads, and with no roads receiving a “good” rating, D.C. actually has no acceptable roads.

    Roads are pretty bad across the entire country, but none are as bad as the ones in the nation’s capital, according to new data gathered by TripNet, a transportation research firm.

    The TripNet report, which was compiled from Federal Highway Administration data, shows that while 28 percent of the country’s major roadways are in “poor” condition, 92 percent of roads in the District of Columbia are rated “poor,” The Washington Post reports.

    A poor rating means that there are so many potholes and cracks in the roads they can’t just be resurfaced, and need to be completely rebuilt.

    At 92 percent “poor” roads, and with no roads receiving a “good” rating, D.C. actually has no acceptable roads.

    The neglected roads are quite expensive for drivers, too, according to the data, costing D.C. residents an extra $1,042 in extra maintenance expenses each year.

    The next most expensive state is California, poor road conditions costing driver an average of $762 extra. Minnesota and Tennessee had the least extra cost at around $280, and people in most states paid between $400 and $500 extra.

    In late March, the district kicked off its annual “Potholepalooza” event, which allows residents to call the mayor’s special call center and a city worker will come fix their pothole problems within 48 hours.

    Since the city began the annual event in 2009, more than 36,000 potholes have been filled in, but many still remain. As of March 25, the District Department of Transportation still had over 3,600 outstanding service requests for the 2015 fiscal year.

    During the potholepalooza event in 2014, more than 13,000 potholes were filled in by the city.

    A map of all the potholes filled in by the city so far this year is available here.

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