I signed up for a weekly newsletter from Reader's Digest.
They always send very good articles my way.
The latest one was about the deadliest roads in America. And, to be fair it also listed the best roads in America.
Well, guess which list West Virginia ranked highest on. . . you are right! It wasn't the best roads list.
However, I was surprised to see that the WV Turnpike wasn't on the worst 7 roads in the nation.
I absolutely hate driving the WV Turnpike! Well, I don't drive it, my husband does. So maybe I should say, "I hate being a passenger in a car on the WV Turnpike." We just drove down it last week and I posted on my writing site about that trip. It was the worst drive I had ever taken on it. The drivers were so reckless, it is no wonder there are so many accidents on that road.
There used to be a tunnel on the turnpike. It was named the Memorial Tunnel and it was kind of neat driving through it. My mother went on vacation with us sometimes and she hated going through that tunnel. They closed the tunnel down in 1987 and carved a road through the mountain beside of it. The bypass cost 35 million dollars, took 3 years to complete, 10 million cubic yards of earth were moved and in the process 300,000 tons of coal were taken from the mountain.
Here is how we did on the Readers Digest lists:
Most Dangerous: Montana, LA, SC, WV, Arkansas
Best: Kansas, Wisconsin, Montana, NM, Utah. . . #43 WV
You can go here to read the article and see how your state ranked in the listings.
How did your state do?
You can go here and read about the West Virginia Turnpike: "88 Miles of Miracle."
Now, if they did a list of the most beautiful highways to travel in the US, I think we would rank in the top 5 there, too!