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Jacksonville Offers Smoother Ride Than Many American Cities

This aerial photo shows the Overland Bridge Project, which was FDOT's big reconstruction of I-95 and its adjacent ramps just south of the Downtown Jacksonville bridges.

Depending on what part of town you live in, you may be dodging a few potholes from to time to time.

But Jacksonville's roadways look pretty good when compared to most other large urban areas across the country.

A car shopping app company called CoPilot looked at which cities across the U.S. have the worst roads.

Among all large U.S. urban areas, Jacksonville had the fourth fewest roads in poor condition, the report said.

Broken down by category, just 7.9% of all major Jacksonville roads were considered in poor condition, while just 6.6% of the area’s interstates and freeways were in poor condition.

CoPilot used the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Statistics 2018 Series to come up with the rankings.

When it came to Jacksonville's minor arterials – think large streets – 10.9% were ranked as in poor condition.

The Federal Highway Administration defines minor arterials this way: “They interconnect and augment the higher arterial system, provide intra-community continuity and may carry local bus routes.”

Nationwide, more than a quarter of America’s major urban roads are in poor condition, according to CoPilot.

The San Francisco-Oakland area was ranked the worst, with 71.2% of all its major roads in poor condition.

Credit CoPilot

Overall, Florida's cities have some of the best maintained roads in the country.

Lady Lake/The Villages was ranked the best out of 291 urban areas analyzed, with no documented roads listed in poor condition.

Gainesville was ranked No. 6 in the country, with just 2.4% of its major roads deemed to be in poor condition.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.