I’ll be blunt. The condition of our roads (all of them, local, state, divided highways, etc) is abysmal. In 30 years of driving in MA, I’ve never seen them at this level of deterioration.
So what’s going to be done? All the publicity around transportation funding centers around the MBTA and bike paths. For better or worse, I have no real opportunity to use the MBTA and bike paths don’t seem like a high priority when the suspension in my car is getting destroyed.
As an aside, a couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days skiing in New Hampshire and their roads are in much better shape than those in Massachusetts. Given that their winters are worse than ours, I can only conclude that their roads are simply built to a higher standard than ours.