You probably spent half the day bouncing around on New Jersey's roads, literally. So, it should come as no surprise to you that New Jersey has among the worst roads in America.

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash
Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

Maybe you just finished being tossed around and shaken up and down on a New Jersey roadway. if you did, you are certainly not alone.

As if the congestion, construction, traffic, and bad drivers aren't enough to ruin your driving time, it turns out a recent study puts the roadway conditions in the Garden State among the worst in the entire nation.

It has been estimated that 45% of the roads in New Jersey are in poor condition, according to a report at USA Facts, and that makes our roads the second worst in the country.

Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash
Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash

The data does date back to 2020, but anyone who drives on New Jersey's roads would find it hard to believe that very much has changed.

Just as contrast, the state with the best roadway conditions, according to this data is Tennessee, and only 5.4% of their roads are considered to be in poor condition.

It was pretty interesting how the data was acquired. The U.S. Department of Transportation uses something that is known as the International Roughness Index.

And that is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It measures how many inches a vehicle rises while driving 50 mph for one mile on a particular road.

And I think we all know a lot of New Jersey roads that wouldn't do well on that test.


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