|Quoting ManuCH (Reply 8):|
In absolute terms, you could say that American freeways are better because they are larger/wider, but they have more traffic
It depends on where you are. Interstate and Interstate-Standard highways often go down to 2 lanes in each direction when driving through sparsely populated areas. Having done 6 ultra-long distance drives and several other shorter ones, I can detail that if you want
|Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 9):|
British motorways, A roads, and B roads are in MUCH better condition than most American freeways (interstates) and US and State highways.
That pothole picture is definately not the norm. Also, not all freeways are interstates, though they will normally be up to interstate standards if called a freeway. The freeways in California are in the overall best condition of any roads I have ever been on, including the Autobahns in Germany. New Mexico's freeways are also in excellent condition in my experience.
|Quoting A319XFW (Reply 12):|
I do remember driving somewhere in California on a freeway and they had just re-surfaced it.
The problem was, they didn't re-surface it under and on bridges (through a town), so every time you drove there the whole car vibrated like mad from the bad surface!
What you were driving on was slury-sealed road. The freeway system in California is primarily made of grooved concrete as opposed to asphalt because it lasts much longer and is less prone to flooding and slickness after a brief rain storm. Asphalt does, however, provide a smoother ride. After 30 years or so, the life of concrete can be extended 10 years by applying a slury seal of ashpalt over it (you can usually do this 2 or even 3 times). The thing is, they leave parts of the concrete uncovered, which is why you felt that "bad surface". In fact, that surface is just fine, it just doesn't ride as smoothly as the slury sealed surface
|Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 14):|
Some Autobahns here are horrible, only two lanes in each direction
Plenty of major highways are only 2 lanes in each direction. This happens when they pass through less heavily trafficed areas.