Florida Has the Best Kept Roads and Bridges in the Country Thanks to Tolls and Taxes

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The nation's roadway infrastructure is crumbling, but there's one sunny exception: the state of Florida. The Washington Post reports that Florida's roads and bridges are in some of the best shape in the nation. That's in part thanks to favorable weather, but also to a relatively high gasoline tax and road tolls which directly fund road maintenance.

According to a White House report, 65 percent of the nation's roads are considered to be in "less than good" condition, but here in Florida just 4 percent of our roads are in disrepair, amongst the lowest in the nation.

Twenty-five percent of the nation's bridges are in need of repair or considered obsolete. That number is just 17 percent in Florida.

Both numbers are among the lowest in the country, with only a handful of states having better rates.

So what keeps Florida's roads in shape? Our moderate climate helps. The Florida sun may make asphalt hot enough to fry an egg on it, but it's actually freezing temperatures that cause roads to crack.

The Post also points out that Florida's gas tax, currently at 36 cents a gallon, is the 11th highest in the nation. The state also has a lot of toll roads whose prices continue to increase. All that revenue is put back into road maintenance. In some states road maintenance money comes from their general fund, where as in Florida 68.8 percent comes from tolls and gas taxes.

In return, though, Floridians pay only about $181 per year to maintain their cars. There's nine states, all with bad roadways, where drivers pay more than $500 a year on car maintenance.

Funny how Tallahassee is full of anti-tax Republicans, but in some cases taxes and tolls actually seem to work.

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krulik
krulik

Seriously?  I95 south bound from about 151 street to 135 Street in Miami is one of the worst road repairs I have ever seen, that section of road will shake your fillings out,  It should be and embarrassment to the company that did the repair as it should be to the government agency that accepted the work and paid for it.

carol
carol

kyle u be slippin dude or u r just trollin ? they be mad tho

El Mago de las Fritas
El Mago de las Fritas

OK best roads???? First No SNOW , NO SALT, NO heavy equipment clearing streets, no hills or mountains with heavy runoff from rain. That isn't tolls that is nature! and even with that the best ???? No

Maribel Monsalve
Maribel Monsalve

Sylvia Johanna Herrera-Jeter lol we were just talking about this during our drive!!

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

I guess you havent been on I-595 in awhile Michaela Del Valle? flows like butter. i get from home in Pembroke Pines via 75 to 595 to Ft. Lauderdale in 1/2 hour. cant comment on dade, if you live there thats your fault.

Michaela Del Valle
Michaela Del Valle

and that just the roads and highways i mentioned, the bridges are even worse! i am still afraid to cross the bridge on n.w. 27th avenue!

Michaela Del Valle
Michaela Del Valle

what a bunch of bull hockey! Miami roads best kept??!! Umm, I-95 is a piece of sh%#, from hollywood blvd down to the 112, the 826 is a nightmare and dont get me started on the 836 or i 595. Have any of you ever driven down n.w. 36th street?? It's like the road to Bagdad from Biscayne blvd all the way down to 32nd avenue!! Hmm, let me think of another, Gee I don't know, Okeechobee road, another nightmare, and i75 is just as awful as the other highways mentioned. Biscayne blvd is still a gigantic mess and in Miami beach, Alton rd. is still tore up and under construction with all those road blocks everywhere. Pah-lease! I could go on and on with a hundred other areas that are so messed up, filled with potholes, scored up from removing lines and moving lanes over, uneven lanes, unkept sidewalks that have weeds as tall as my knees growing out of them and cracks in the asphalt from tree roots. Who the hell paid off the writer of this? What a joke.

pod_nt
pod_nt

Who pays $181 a year to maintain their car? My oil change is over $100! 

Adri Ana
Adri Ana

when will they ever fix i95 near miami?

Tracy Jordan
Tracy Jordan

Funny, i thought the federal and state tax on gasoline was supposed to take care of the roads. Guess we need tolls too, or we could get the elected officials to stop spending the money collected on pet projects and use it for what it was intended.

Thomas Jennings
Thomas Jennings

Guess these guys didnt take 95 north or south through city limits cause they is fucked up!

Blake Dozier
Blake Dozier

They don't have freezing conditions to wreck roads. Stupid claim.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Yes, we are aware, our climate does help a bit , but overall? our road maintenance in Florida is almost as good as that of Germany which is saying a LOT.

Daniel Betz
Daniel Betz

No hills or mountains either which helps some!

Luis Alejandro Blanco
Luis Alejandro Blanco

Holly sh.t..... Really ? The Best kept roads and bridges ? Are you kidding me ? What a boloni ....

Jen Paez
Jen Paez

Maybe the headline is wrong. The best roads? Please!

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

NYC & NJ has more taxes and triple tolls yet their roads & highways are always in ruins

Nicholas Erik Johansson
Nicholas Erik Johansson

Orlando had terrible roads when I lived there 3 years ago, I4 was like riding a horse on uneven terrain.

DjCarlos Rojas
DjCarlos Rojas

This article doesn't make any sense at all. And if is true then we are in trouble. Number 1?

Helen Bolduc
Helen Bolduc

How about 836 and 826? That's well kept??!! Okay....

Dariik Buver
Dariik Buver

Ha! What bullshit! Have u drove on 95 in Miami! Smdh

Aramís Lorié
Aramís Lorié

If these are the best roads in the US we're in trouble.

Jenny Carney
Jenny Carney

Yea RIGHT!!!! Construction EVERYWHERE for decades

Burt Mirror
Burt Mirror

The problem being that only South Florida gets taxed and [all the spicks] and all the Scot Irish in the central and northern regions just mooch. The don't pay taxes.

John Hinz
John Hinz

I feel for the rest of the country. If this is the best, I'd really hate to drive on #2.

Elbert Perez
Elbert Perez

Also weather plays a big role in this! Very little freezing means easier to maintain roads!

Vikyat Miryala
Vikyat Miryala

I'd even say West Coast Cali has shitty roads and street signs compared to my old home Miami

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

ok now we need a decent metro rail, miami dade needs to add acouple of other train lines thoughout miami, one going to south beach and another line along the west area of miami like around doral

Robin Steel
Robin Steel

You guys clearly don't travel, miami roads are frigging perfect. Chicago every street is a dungeon.

Sheily Perez
Sheily Perez

After living in Miami for 9 years and recently moving to Long Island I can second this. Miami roads are extremely well kept compared to the ones up here. I fell in a pothole in the Long Island expressway which caused my two fog lights to come out of place.

Mency Acosta
Mency Acosta

I must live in the wrong area, here in Brickell. You would think having all this nice condos the city would fix the street. Seems to me like the only one around here doing anything is private money. I can't even let my friends park on the street, since cars are constantly being broken into. And the streets are in awful condition. But make sure you pay that meter or you getting a $35 ticket. That $35 dollars is obviously not coming back around here, to fix anything.

Giancarlo Romano
Giancarlo Romano

Its bc it doesnt snow here, therefore the roads dont need to be plowed. The plows are what fuck up the roads in the northeast, here the roads are perfect bc of the good weather and lack of plows needed on the roads that fuck up the highways

Matthew Archer
Matthew Archer

After living in New England and growing up in South Florida (I'm from Miami) I can honestly say that the roads in Florida are far superior to those found in the northeast. Yes, there maybe more construction and the drivers are somewhat questionable in south Florida, but between the good weather, the constant upkeep of the roads, and that the roads are much younger, people in south Florida don't have to deal with the horrible uneven pavement, the unclear directions and signs, the accident-prone road configurations, and the highways that were meant to hold a much smaller capacity.

Alex Pappas
Alex Pappas

Lmao Miami dade county roads are totally horrible.

Brendan Simons
Brendan Simons

Lol the posts in here shown just how insulated South Florida is from the rest of the nation, much less the rest of the state.

Rob Martin
Rob Martin

It ain't the taxes and tolls. PA has enough tolls on I-80 to pave every lane in pure gold an inch thick, but it's one of the worst roads in the nation. The toll authority needs an audit. No, it's a commitment to actually keeping the roads up more than fleecing people of the money to do it.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@pod_nt That amount is probably an average.  A low one at that. $100 oil changes?  LOL.  The dealer must love you.

dantevida
dantevida

brickell is a 3rd world ghetto.  suggest you move

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