New Study: Illinois Has Got Some Serious Pothole Problems
I know, I know. If you live here in Illinois, especially in the Rockford and Northern Illinois areas, this is NOT A NEWSFLASH. You've probably had to deal with potholes your entire life.
But, if you thought that every place in the country had the same amount of pothole difficulties, you'll see that Illinois has it considerably worse than many other states.
When It Comes To Potholes And The Damage They Do To Your Car, Illinoisans Are Spending Some Serious Money
According to a study by QuoteWizard.com, drivers across the country are shelling out over $3 billion per year fixing damage caused by potholes. AAA Chicago says that the average cost for fixing vehicle damage from a pothole encounter is over $300.
It would be nice to live somewhere where this topic would be placed into the "Other People's Problems" category, but we don't. Rockford may not be the epicenter of Illinois' potholes, but we certainly have more than our share.
Rockford’s director of public works Kyle Saunders says we’re seeing less complaints so far than in previous years.
“It’s not uncommon during winter months to see anywhere from 6000 to 8000 potholes patched on a monthly basis. In the month of January, we ended up patching around 2500,” Saunders told 23 News.
Saunders says because January has been so cold, there has been no proper freeze-thaw cycle. Meaning the snow hasn’t melted into the ground enough to refreeze and cause cracks.
It May Surprise You, But Illinois Is Not The Worst State For Potholes
According to the QuoteWizard.com study, that honor goes to the state of Washington. I'm not certain that this is legit, but I'm told this is a photo of the state of Washington's Department of Transportation workers examining one of their medium-sized potholes:
Like I said, I don't know if it's legit. I'll get back to you on it.
Anyway, here are the top 10 states with the worst pothole problems:
- New York