I knew I was no longer in Illinois when...

I pulled into a Wa-Wa service station in southern Virginia and saw that the price of gas per gallon was $2.299.

Funny thing. Virginia’s gas tax is 19.88¢ per gallon, about 34th highest in the nation. Yet, Virginia’s roads seem to be better by far than Illinois’.  And they’ll probably still be better than Illinois’ after the state’s gas tax was doubled from 19 cents per gallon to 34 Cents. Could the explanation be better governance, management and less corruption?

A Virginia road.

A Virginia road.

An Illinois road.

An Illinois road.

Cherry picked photos, of course. But….



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  • And we all know that southern Virginia has the same winter weather and salt damage as northern Illinois. And the same volume of traffic, especially trucks.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Tell that to the people who are in downstate Illinois and at the same latitude as Virginia. Their roads aren't in great shape either. Are you really try to say that the roads in Illinois are as good as they could be? Truth is, the road fund was robbed just as the pension funds were. Because Illinois pols (of both parties) didn't have the courage to do what was right.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    "Are you really try to say that the roads in Illinois are as good as they could be?" No, but they are probably about as good as Illinoisans are willing to be taxed for. That is one reason why we have been seeing a growing number of toll roads in this state in recent decades.

    By the way, was your photo of the pothole-covered highway taken in downstate Illinois at the same latitude as southern Virginia?

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