Best and deadliest U.S. roads ranked

NEW YORK — America’s "Best Roads" tend to be situated more in central U.S.-Midwest regions, according to a Reader’s Digest survey, while some of the worst are in the southeast corner of the country.

The magazine rates Kansas, Wisconsin, Montana, New Mexico and Utah with having the "Best Roads" in the U.S., while Montana, South Carolina, West Virginia, Arkansas and Louisiana, had the "Deadliest Roads."

The publication ranked all 50 states and determined the safest, most scenic and sensible roads, along with the most dangerous.

Other states that ranked near the top included North Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Virginia and Oregon. Meanwhile, other states with deadly roads were Mississippi, Kentucky, Wyoming, Alabama and Nevada.

"Although Montana appears at No. 3 on the Best Roads list (good infrastructure, little congestion), it tops the Deadliest list in part because of drivers who drink, drive recklessly, or shun seat belts," states the magazine.

Among the "Worst Roads" are Louisiana roads in general, but Interstate 55 and I-12 east of Baton Rouge are particularly dangerous.

It probably doesn’t help that many roads in the state spent weeks underwater a few years ago.

Other bad roads include the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-78 and I-80), I-95 over the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey/New York and the Will Rogers Turnpike (I-44) in Oklahoma.

Some organizations take such rankings pretty seriously. A research group called the Pacific Institute for Research And Evaluation (PIRE), says that statistically, bad roads are more dangerous than drunk drivers.

Deficient roadway conditions "are a substantially more lethal factor than drunk driving, speeding or non-use of safety belts," stated a recent study.

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