AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - A new study says Massachusetts roads are among the worst in the country.
Thousands of us will be traveling for the July 4th holiday and if you plan to drive in Massachusetts get ready for a bumpy ride.
And it's not all about potholes. Narrow lanes and traffic jams landed Massachusetts on the list of the worst roadways in the country.
"The traffic is terrible. It's usually 2.5 hours from Shutesbury to go to Marshfield on a good day. It's about 3.5 hours now because of the traffic conditions," said Donna Tymkowiche of Brant Rock, Mass.
Massachusetts ranked 43rd on Reason Foundation's Annual Highway Report; Connecticut came in one level lower at 44 and neighboring Rhode Island ranked 49th. The report found that Massachusetts spends six times more per mile than the national average.
"I believe there telling a big fib when they keep saying deferred maintenance. What are they doing with the money?," said Joseph Pietraszkiewicz of Whately.
Eugene Battistoni has owned his own roofing business for 39 years and says bad roads affect his bottom line.
"As far as vehicle wear and tear, it wears shocks out and tires out. So on and so forth. The potholes, that frustrates me very much," said Battistoni of Amherst, who owns Battistoni Contracting.
Governor Deval Patrick has proposed a $1.9 billion in tax increases to help pay for transportation and education.
Tuesday's 22News Interactive Internet Poll wants to know:
How would you compare the roads in Massachusetts to those in nearby states?
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