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Georgia drivers have 99 problems, but the roads ain't one

We already know Atlanta traffic is notoriously bad .

Not only do metro area residents commute a greater distance than drivers in any other city in the country (12.8 miles to be exact), but Georgia's I-285 is the deadliest interstate in the nation .

Still not convinced how bad we've got it? Just know that driving in Atlanta means you are likely to have a motor accident every seven years which is a 40 percent greater likelihood than the national average .

It's about time Georgia drivers got some good news, so here it is -- the roads in Georgia may be busy, congested and even deadly, but the roads aren't the problem.

Georgia ranked second in the nation for having the best roads in the US, according to's State of America's Roads .

A full 81 percent of Georgia roadways are in good condition according to the study, which used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to examine roadway and bridge conditions, road growth and the costs associated with driving.

Only Indiana has better roads than Georgia. Connecticut has the worst roads in the nation.

In addition, while motorists nationwide spend an average of $300 per year on their cars due to poor road conditions, in top ranked Georgia, drivers only pay an average of $60 on road related car issues.

This all sounds great, but the good news just couldn't last.

It seems whatever money we may save in wear and tear on the car from the roadways, we end up paying for in gas. Georgia follows only Texas as the state with the highest fuel consumption in gallons per capita.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.