Long, Bumpy Road

| December 12, 2008

HIGHWAY REPORT CARD

WORST ROADS
1. Arkansas
2. Pennsylvania
3. Louisiana
4. California
5. Illinois

BEST ROADS
1. Texas
2. Florida
3. Tennessee
4. Georgia
5. Ohio

MOST IMPROVED ROAD OVER THE PAST YEAR
1. I-40 Arkansas
2. I-30 Arkansas
3. I-80 Pennsylvania
4. I-80 Nebraska
5. I-10 Louisiana

WORST FOUR-WHEELERS
1. California
2. New York
3. Illinois
4. Florida
5. Texas

BEST FOUR-WHEELERS
1. Texas
2. Indiana
3. Montana
4. California
5. Missouri

TOUGHEST ON TRUCK INSPECTIONS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
1. California
2. Ohio
3. Pennsylvania
4. Missouri
5. Tennessee

WEAKEST ON TRUCK INSPECTIONS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
1. Alabama
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas
4. Mississippi
5. Nevada

LEAST AVAILABLE OVERNIGHT PARKING
1. California
2. New Jersey
3. Virginia
4. Connecticut
5. Illinois

MOST AVAILABLE OVERNIGHT PARKING
1. Texas
2. Indiana
3. Pennsylvania
4. Kentucky
5. Ohio

WORST REST STOPS
1. Texas
2. Arkansas
3. Ohio
4. New Jersey
5. New Mexico

BEST REST STOPS
1. Florida
2. Ohio
3. Indiana
4. Texas
5. Georgia

WORST TRUCK STOPS
1. New Jersey
2. New York
3. California
4. Massachusetts
5. Texas

BEST TRUCK STOPS
1. Texas
2. Iowa
3. Ohio
4. Nebraska
5. Georgia

The road to success has been long and rough for Arkansas. But four years into its five-year road reconstruction program, Arkansas is making progress that truckers are noticing. Two of the main stretches across Arkansas, I-40 and I-30, topped this year’s Most Improved list in Overdrive’s Highway Report Card. Unfortunately, Arkansas, which has been among the top five of the Worst Roads list for about a decade, still isn’t out of the woods. Overdrive readers chose the state as having the nation’s worst roads.

“This is the fourth year of our ambitious program, and everything is on schedule, and we are happy with the results and that it’s coming to an end,” says Glenn Bolick, public information officer for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. “We have probably done 15 or 20 years’ worth of work in five years. We’re a major crossroads. We had about 356 miles to repair, and we spent about $970 million over about 50 projects.”

Bill Taylor of Meriden, Conn., who is leased to Logistics Express out of Orange, Calif., is among those who appreciate Arkansas’ progress.

“My wife and I run team across 48 states and Canada,” he says. “I used to say that the worst roads were in Arkansas, but they have done a wonderful job on I-40.”

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