Keep a lid on that coffee when driving, Washingtonians, because those roads you're navigating have more pockmarks than a sixth-grader with a bad case of chickenpox.
Some 67 percent of the roads in this state are in poor or mediocre condition -- this, according to the 2013 report of the American Society of Civil Engineers. (Click here to see how Washington fares against the rest of the country.) Overall, Washington roads earned a solid 'D' grade.
Our bridges are no great shakes, either. Nearly 5 percent of the state's 7,840 bridges are considered structurally deficient by this organization of civil engineers, and almost 21.6 percent were rated functionally obsolete. Again, a 'D' was meted out.As far as road conditions go, we can take some solace that Oregon is nearly as bad, with 65 percent of its highways and byways in mediocre and poor condition, and that California is even trifle worse, with 68 percent.
Best in the nation: Nevada, with only 20 percent of its roads not making the cut.
Worst: The Other Washington, with an astonishing 99 percent of its roads considered barely passable.
The ASCE report card is compiled every four years and rates 16 infrastructure categories, including drinking water, hazardous waste, levees, dams and ports.
The obvious recommendations: Invest more in infrastructure improvements and raise the gas tax, something the state hasn't done in four years.
As the late great George McGovern themed his 1972 presidential race, "Come home America."