It's been most of three years since I last rode the streets of Idaho Falls and Pocatello. However kind the interim has been to me, it's been hell on the roads.
I haven't noticed it so much in southwestern Idaho - the roads around Boise wear down too, but in a normal way - but the eastern sector roads were coming apart. Yes, this is pothole season, with relatively warm weather following a significant amount of snow and ice, remnants of which are still visible in the eastern cities. But those roads are in a bad way.
The sheer number and ugliness of road holes, and rugged, coming-apart surfaces, are striking, at present the worst I would point to around the Northwest. Not the only bad roads, but the worst overall.
Not sure what accounts for this. But let's hope the highway planners get ambitious about this are this year. - rs
Travel plans: I'm in Twin Falls as this is written. I'll be on the morning talk show at KLIX around 8:15, and at noon at the new Twin Falls visitor center to sign books.