Connecticut’s bad roads

(WTNH) — A new report says Connecticut and Rhode Island have the highest percentage of poor road conditions in the entire country.

This is according to the Hartford Courant — 41 percent of Connecticut’s roads were given a poor rating in a new report released by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Rhode Island was right up there with Connecticut, and in a close second is New Jersey with 35 percent and California with 34 percent.

The states with the lowest percentage of poor road conditions are Wyoming and Nevada, with just two percent.

All of this information has prompted President Obama to come up with a $300 billion plan to improve roads and bridge nation wide.

LINK: White House Infrastructure Report (.pdf)

UPDATE: Statement from the Connecticut Department of Transportation:

“The CTDOT has a billion dollar-plus highway capital plan annually, focusing on a multitude of infrastructure needs. Our program is balanced, but is geared toward addressing the most critical and important needs first, with safety issues being our highest priority. While road roughness/rideability indexes would ideally be perfect or better than we are currently rated, it does not reflect a safety issue, nor the overall quality or efficiency of our infrastructure – it’s only one measure, among many. There are virtually limitless infrastructure needs, and of course, finite funding resources. We prioritize those resources to best address the most pressing needs of our state.

“For your understanding – the ‘poor’ rating is simply a measure of roadway roughness.”

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