Los Angeles, California
for having the worst streets in America
"Pot holes and uneven streets, in LA they're almost as bad as being stuck in traffic.
Motorist Joel Stallone says, "lots of pot holes, the tar seems to be built up there's lots of ditches the lanes are not very well marked so it's tough to get around."
He's right, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana rank first in the country among large cities for the worst roads and high costs to motorists according to a new study by the National Transportation Research Group, TRIP.
The study says 64 percent of major roads are in poor condition, and drivers are forking over an average of $832 dollars a year on maintenance since bad roads mean more pot holes and wear and tear on cars.
Streets may only get worse. Federal funding is expected to scale back for highway improvement projects starting next year.
Cal-Trans (a governmental department of transportation) is well aware of the problem.
"We have made significant progress in improving our pavement we have plowed in about 4 billion dollars in repair projects, but we do need to have 3.5 billion in funding every year for the next ten years to keep up with our pavement needs. This year we only have 1.5 billion."
Stu Pitt says, What did they do with all the billions of tax dollars that were earmarked for L.A. road/street repair and maintenance? They probably spent it! On other stupid crap they thought was more important. Meanwhile, millions of Los Angeles drivers (and tourists) have to deal with permanent potholes, deadly ditches, and sagging streets.
Now, in Los Angeles, besides the worst traffic congestion in the nation, we have the worst streets too?!
Does all this make Los Angeles a second-rate city, with third-world roads? You decide.
Congratulations, City of Los Angeles, for your gross negligence and mismanagement of local traffic and local streets, you deservedly earn this week's Stu Pitt Award!
his country from its government."
- Thomas Paine, American patriot (1737 - 1809)