From here on out, whenever I drive down a pothole-ridden street in New Bedford, I will no longer complain. If you think we have it bad, it looks as though a Massachusetts neighbor has it worse.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration calculated by Construction Coverage, Rhode Island has been named the No. 1 worst state in the country for roads. The percentage of major roadways in poor condition is 38.8%; fair condition, 37.1%; and good condition, 24%. The daily vehicle miles traveled per capita is 17.8.

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Major roadways include interstates and expressways.

Don't think that Massachusetts got off the hook that easily. The Commonwealth placed fourth for the worst roads, not too far behind the Ocean State.

The percentage of major roadways in poor condition in Massachusetts is 29.5%.

To be quite honest, none of this comes as a surprise. I've commuted throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts and have seen firsthand the poor conditions my vehicle endures.

It's about time we acknowledge it as a nation through this kind of data collection. I'm about one pothole away from destroying the suspension in my SUV.

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