States like Montana, Minnesota and Wyoming don’t have summer, they have Road Maintenance season. I mentioned I-80 over the Sierras because it was about the worst stretch of major artery freeway I’ve seen. That part of the Sierras is one of the snowiest places on Earth (not a hyperbole) and the snow tires and snow chains are hard on the pavement. But this is not news, and CalTrans simply did (does?) not maintain it properly (gotta use that $$ for social programs and mass transit which people use as sparingly as possible!). THE major north-south artery through CA, as you know RwNj, is I-5, and the stretch between Redding and the OR border is pretty awful and in some places pretty scary. But it’s not as chewed up as I-80 was (is?).
CA has had Prog D Senators for decades, most of its Reps have been Ds for as long or longer, the legislature has been almost uninterruptedly D as long as I’ve been alive (or longer), and had D or Moderate/Mo-o-o-o-o-o-oderate R governors since the 50s, other than Reagan and Deukmejian, yet CA’s highways are among the worst in the US? That’s by conscious decision! Like I said, fiscal-social liberals (Ds and Moderate/Mo-o-o-o-o-o-oderate Rs) want government $$ poured into social programs and mass transit, not maintaining the highways that support commerce and bring people their food, clothes and other necessaries/wants.