My editor came to me with a new challenge earlier this year, and at first it seemed daunting: find a way to compare scientifically the roughness of roads in our coverage area and choose the worst.

Winters in Northeastern Pennsylvania devastate our local roadways and leave behind potholes that can take weeks and months of work for road crews to mend. The winter of 2013-14 tore especially deep gauges that rattled the motorists bumping over them when the ice finally melted.

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