As a truck driver who has driven in every state in the US, I've seen it all. It's surprising that some of the states that have the worst weather have the better roads. I'm sure it has as much to do with amount of traffic and how much the local/state is willing to pay for safe roads. The out west argument loses it's gusto as soon as you enter California. And Vermont has pretty good roads, plenty of salt, not a huge amount of traffic, but the state seems to keep up with Maintenance.Reading this set me to thinking about how much better ( newer?) the roads and general infrastructure seems to be the further west you go in the USA. Could it be the weather conditions or just the difference in the age from the eastern cities.