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Why Ohio Drivers Shouldn't Complain; Comparing Ohio Roads to Rest of Country
FRANKLIN -- This winter it seems Ohio drivers have a lot to say about the roads.
"Right now they seem pretty rough," said driver Liz Mazzae. "I have a one hour commute to work everyday. Potholes on the highway seem pretty bad. A lot of people with tire damage."
So how do Ohio's roads compare to those in other states? We went straight to an expert. A man who spends most of his life on the road.
"I've driven all the lower 48 states," said truck driver Rusty James.
The truck drivers we spoke with say we complain about Ohio's road because we drive them every day, but they drive through several states and believe Ohio is actually not that bad.
"It's not," said James. "It probably seems that way right now because the ground is freezing and thawing and freezing and thawing. You're getting a lot more buckling in the road so the potholes that seems to be doing well in June are now spitting out the patches that were on them and we go back to having a big hole in the ground."
James and his dog Gizmo are heading to Michigan to pick up a load and take it to Tennessee. As someone who is well traveled he can think of many places worst than Ohio.
"If you were driving around Los Angeles on the 405 it feels like they just had an earthquake yesterday. The road is constantly rippled. Oklahoma City is another example. When you're driving around the truck is constantly shaking."
And closer to home, we also heard many complaints from truck drivers about Indiana and Michigan, so it turns out even though we have our problems, maybe we don't have it that bad.
"You are not alone," said James. "Plenty of other states are in the same boat. Most of these roads have been in need of repair for a while not just in Ohio but all over the country.
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