Rough roads hurt rural safety, economy

Potholes and rough pavement, such as shown here in Sacramento County, can damage trucks and the crops they carry. A recent study found 32 percent of California’s rural roads are in poor shape — the second-worst percentage in the nation. In some areas, the maintenance backlog will take years, if not decades, to clear. PHOTO STEVE ADLER

Regardless of commodity or location, everything California farmers and ranchers produce has one thing in common — it all has to hit the road sometime.

Roads connect the farm or ranch and its customers, and too many roads are in rough shape.

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