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PA Interstates Rate 'Poor' In New Study

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The latest report on Pennsylvania's transportation is out this week, and it's not good news for the interstates. The 2013 Transportation Performance Report says conditions are 'poor' when it comes to pavement reconstruction.

The report says that 50% of the interstate highways have now exceeded their design life. Also, 8,517 miles of road are in need of reconstruction, but less than one tenth of those roadways are being fixed because of lack of funding.

Truck drivers say they agree with the findings in this study, but said our roads aren't even the worst they are on. They said our neighbor New York's roads are even worse.

"[Yours are] Better than New York, but other than that, they're all right," said truck driver Jason Raymond. "They're a lot better than New York." 

"Especially on 86 for 20 miles its pretty bad," said truck driver Donovan Beckford. "I don't know who to blame for that but they need to get the road fixed because we're going to need tires pretty soon if they don't get fixed."

Other drivers say the pot holes are the worst part of driving on Pennsylvania's interstates.

"Rough, just rough," said Cecil Scott. "[You] Need to do your roads out here. You're great on the snow, but as raggedy as your roads are, you need help."

Scott said he knows the snow is to blame for many of the pot holes, but he's hoping the state is able to fix those and many of the other issues on the roads.

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