A new study shows nearly half the nation's roads are considered in poor condition. Illinois' ranking is pretty glum too. 38% of the country's roads are in poor condition. 22% of Illinois' roads are in that category.
The study comes amid a push from some transportation advocates to raise the gas tax in Illinois. They say it's necessary to bring in new money to keep our roads repaired.
An informal WCIA-3 News survey shows local truckers say our roads are a lot better than some other states around us. The good news is 32% of Illinois' roadways are in "good" condition. But, the transportation advocates say it's only a matter of time before those roads go downhill.
But, deteriorating roads are a problem across the country. The group doing the study says the country should spend $85 billion a year for upkeep, but the nation currently only spends half.
The worst road according to viewers on Facebook is Market Street in Champaign between Olympian and Ford Harris. There's even a sign posted stating "rough road."