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Los Angeles is #1: Worst Urban Roads

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Not a surprise, right? Not only do we have some of the worst freeway intersections, but we have the the highest percentage of urban pavement in poor condition according to a report released Tuesday by TRIP, a national transportation research group.

Their report, “Keep Both Hands on the Wheel: Metro Areas With the Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make Our Roads Smoother,” found that 65% of Los Angeles streets are in poor condition with $778 as the average annual cost in additional vehicle maintenance because of it. Not to fear, though, San Francisco ranks second in the nation with Honolulu trailing behind at third. In fact, eight of the top twenty listed are in California with the other six being San Jose (#4), San Diego (#5), Sacramento (#8), Riverside-San Bernadino County (#16), Oxnard-Ventura (#17), and Fresno (#19). New York City ranked seventh and Washington D.C., twentieth.

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But let's put Los Angeles into perspective because it's a massively large city, physically. Bill Robertson is the head of the city's Bureau of Street Surfaces Services (BOSS) and in a speech to the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council in Februrary of 2007, he gave a little history.