California seems to have the most uniformly good & adequate roads
Not anymore. When I grew up in the 70s and 80s California roads were the best. Decades of "starving the beast" have resulted in an apocalyptic hellscape. Estimates of annual car damage from bad roads exceed $2000 per vehicle. People routinely total their cars by hitting potholes of ludicrous size. It's embarrassing to drive up to a million dollar house on a beat-to-death road that is somewhat worse than a dirt road.
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Road wear is almost 100% weather.
Horseshit. I'm not gonna look it up for you, but the worst roads in the country are in the bay area, where most years they get nothing more harsh than a gentle drizzle. The roads do get pounded by lots of heavy trucks, and the legendary car-destroying potholes make the news constantly.
The wear comes from compressive forces from heavy vehicles. Look it up, and learn.
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