Yeah, what is with Pennsylvania, not only your issue but the entire road system? I went thru PA several years ago (1997) and damn near tore my motorhome apart from pot holes, debri in the road, swells, etc. A couple years later (1999) I road through PA on an Iron Butt ride and found similar roads and a lot of hiway construction going on. It was a real terror at night! But since then I have not seen any real results or bettering of roads in general.
I have heard stories of graft, kickbacks, etc, but don't know if that is true or not.
Another thing I really disliked on the Iron Butt run was that PA did not follow the rest of the interstate system in numbering their exits. Exit 4 might be 20 miles from exit 5. We were running on reserve on the pike and not sure how far we could make it then discovered we were locked in on the hiway/tollway and the next exit was 20 miles. Of course there were no shoulders on the darn hiway either in the event we did run out of gas and needed to get off the road.
Like you, I am not a fan of PA DOT.
ride safe & long,