Worst Roads in the USA: Which States Are in Need of Updated Infrastructure?

During last November’s national election in the United States, then candidate Trump campaigned on a platform which promised to initiate infrastructure repairs and refurbishment on a massive scale. Although the U.S. has enjoyed a well-developed interstate system since the days of the Eisenhower Administration, today highways, tunnels, and bridges in many places display the impact of decades of heavy use.

Deteriorating, outdated public roadways frequently contribute to traffic problems and accidents. Some experts estimate the poor condition of roads in the nation costs every driver $324 annually on a per capita basis. From damaged auto shocks, to flat tires, to unnecessary traffic delays, and increased auto insurance costs, a failing infrastructure can pose significant problems for motorists. The roads in several states currently require urgent attention:


In evaluating the safest places to live in the United States, the WalletHub.com website asked experts to consider roadway accident risks. Mississippi ranked lowest among all states in the traffic safety category. One factor in the evaluation likely related to the Magnolia State’s deteriorating roads: a recent study rated over 50% of the state’s roads in substandard condition.

West Virginia


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West Virginia’s failing road system has prompted state legislators to consider stringent measures to fund repairs. In February, journalists reported a nonprofit group called TRIP claimed a mere 17% of the state’s roads qualified as “good” in condition. Proposals for raising funds for rebuilding roads include imposing a new gas tax. Though it comes at a cost, updating these motorways is paramount for creating jobs and improving West Virginia’s economy.


California ranks among the states requiring highway infrastructure repairs in large measure because its highway system receives heavy, regular use. While commuters in many densely populated states along the Eastern Seaboard rely on public transit in large numbers, the sprawling suburbs of West Coast cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego have spawned a roadway commuter culture. The highways here are numerous and are getting increasing use with the rising population. Some media reports expect the state’s roads to obtain an overhaul soon.

An Important Economic Investment

Periodically revitalizing infrastructure helps promote the development of modern transportation systems. Additionally, engineers may use highway projects to correct known hazards associated with some dangerous roads and bridges. These kinds of inter-state projects are also helpful in revitalizing jobs and construction work which is great for unemployment rates and can help the state overall.


Author: Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.