To be honest, I didn't think Lubbock's roads were that bad. I knew there were some problem spots, but many of them seemed acceptable. Boy, was I wrong.

Nationwide, we're 15th out of the top 20 for the worst roads in America. Nice. released a study that places Lubbock in the top 20 for the worst roads in America for cities with a population of 200,000 to 500,000. There's a different list for large markets.

To be perfectly honest, this organization is a non-profit paid for by insurance companies and businesses involved in highway construction and repair, so they may be biased due to wanting more road repair. But maybe they're not; I just don't know.

What I do know, is that according to their study, 39 percent of Lubbock's roads are in need of repair. That's not good. In fact, it's 6 percent above the national average. According to the study, the road conditions also cost Lubbock drivers over $800 extra dollars per year in vehicle maintenance and repairs. Well, crap.

Check out a link to a .pdf file of the study with all the info on it.

Here's the first chart showing Lubbock at no. 15 for worst roads.

And here's the chart where we shoot up to no. 8 for cost of repair and maintenance due to bad roads.

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