(STACKER) – When it comes to the day-to-day reality of driving on the country’s roads, statistics are one thing, but in fact, enduring the amount of cracks, peelings and potholes is something you can’t really measure that by feedback from your fellow drivers. A recent summary report According to a national transportation study, TRIP, a non-profit organization, found that 40% of American roads, including highways, arterials and local roads, are in poor or poor condition, which results in an average cost for a single driver of $621 per year to repair the vehicle. and maintenance. When you consider the total number of drivers in the United States, those few hundred dollars per driver add up to a total of $141 billion.
While this is a staggering number, it doesn’t quite weigh its weight in terms of how poor pavement affects the average person. Oddly enough, you’d be more likely to take to social media for such insight into the raw frustration and inconvenience the common pothole can cause. As such, Stacker reviewed data from Junker Clunker to rank each state by the number of pothole complaints recorded on Twitter per 1000 km or 621 miles of road.
Keep reading to see how your state fares based on complaints from their own drivers or read the national story here.
New Mexico in numbers
– Complaints about potholes: 0.8 per 1,000 km of road
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is among the few highway and bridge agencies that must maintain what is largely a rural road system. This fact has made it easier for NMDOT to keep its citizens informed of road construction projects as well as risky areas on its roads. The state’s NMRoads website offers real-time updates on road conditions.
Potholes aren’t just the curse of states that deposit a lot of salt in the winter – causing the road surface to break or peel off – nor just the bane of drier regions, where the sun beats down. the asphalt with relentless, year- round strength. They are ubiquitous across the country. Potholes are actually caused, for the most part, by the amalgamation of water absorption, freeze-thaw cycles, heat and good old wear and tear, which makes every city, county and state of America ripe for its development.
Check out the states with the most and least pothole complaints below.
States with the Most Pothole Complaints
#1. Rhode Island: 23.4 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#2. Hawaii: 20.6 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#3. New York: 20.5 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#4. Massachusetts: 18.7 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#5. California: 18.4 complaints per 1,000 km of road
States with the fewest pothole complaints
#1. Idaho: 0.4 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#2. Wyoming: 0.6 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#3. Montana (tie): 0.8 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#3. New Mexico (tie): 0.8 complaints per 1,000 km of road
#4. South Dakota: 1 complaint per 1,000 km of road
#5. Iowa: 1.1 complaints per 1,000 km of road