Keystone drama

| December 12, 2008
  1. New Jersey

  2. Massachusetts
  3. Hawaii
  4. Rhode Island
  5. New York
  6. Alaska
  7. Louisiana
  8. Illinois
  9. Michigan
  10. Nebraska

Even with heavy tolls, Oklahoma roads lag
Oklahoma jumped to third place for Worst Roads in Overdrive’s survey this year. The state’s 331-mile I-40 segment tied for second with I-80 in Pennsylvania as the worst segment in the country.

Intermodal hauler Roger Knox, leased to Rhino Transportation, says he’s seen – or, rather, felt – intense washboarding throughout the state, but particularly on U.S. 75 and U.S. 69 from north Texas to Tulsa.

“I-40 from Oklahoma City to Fort Smith is just terrible,” he says. “It shakes your truck so bad.” He finds himself regularly tightening exhaust brackets and other fittings after traversing the state’s roads.

Oklahoma ranks second nationwide in the high percentage of fuel-tax revenue (almost 24 percent) diverted to purposes other than highway building, according to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.

Oklahoma also has the second-highest toll-road mileage of any state, but it’s still feeling the hurt from increased congestion and increased highway-construction prices, as Gary Ridley, director of the state Department of Transportation, recently told legislators at the state capitol.

States must get involved at the federal level to push for more money from the tax-supported Highway Trust Fund, Ridley said, because tolls and public-private partnerships are not “the silver bullet that will solve everything.”


2007 HIGHWAY REPORT CARD
Worst Roads

  1. Louisiana

  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Oklahoma
  4. California
  5. Arkansas

Best Roads

  1. Texas

  2. Florida
  3. Tennessee
  4. Virginia
  5. Ohio

Worst Segment

  1. I-10 Louisiana

  2. (tie) I-40 Oklahoma and I-80 Pennsylvania
  3. (tie) I-40 Oklahoma and I-80 Pennsylvania
  4. I-40 Arkansas
  5. I-5 California

Best Segment

  1. I-40 Tennessee

  2. I-75 Florida
  3. I-10 Texas
  4. I-81 Virginia
  5. I-80 Ohio

Most Improved Segment

  1. I-40 Arkansas

  2. I-80 Pennsylvania
  3. (tie) I-30 Arkansas and I-10 Louisiana
  4. (tie) I-30 Arkansas and I-10 Louisiana
  5. (tie) I-75 Georgia and I-44 Missouri
  6. (tie) I-75 Georgia and I-44 Missouri

Least Available Overnight Parking

  1. New Jersey

  2. California
  3. Connecticut
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Virginia

Most Available Overnight Parking

  1. Texas

  2. Ohio
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Wyoming
  5. Florida

Worst Rest Stops

  1. Texas

  2. California
  3. New Jersey
  4. (tie) Oklahoma and Arkansas
  5. (tie) Oklahoma and Arkansas

Best Rest Stops

  1. Florida

  2. Texas
  3. Ohio
  4. Georgia
  5. Louisiana

Worst Truck Stops

  1. New Jersey

  2. California
  3. Louisiana
  4. Connecticut
  5. Illinois

Best Truck Stops

  1. Texas

  2. Louisiana
  3. Ohio
  4. (tie) Pennsylvania and Missouri
  5. (tie) Pennsylvania and Missouri

Worst Four-Wheeler Drivers

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