Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Seattle At Top Of List For Traffic Congestion

A new report on the worst traffic spots on our nation's roadways puts Seattle on the list for bad congestion. Our neighbor to the west ranked in the top 40 for worst congestion on highway systems. One particular spot that made the list: southbound I-5 from Shoreline to downtown Seattle. For worst morning commutes in the nation, I-5 northbound from Boeing Field into downtown Seattle came in 35th.

The study and report, done by the Texas Transportation Institute, says drivers wasted 271,000 gallons of fuel on that stretch of I-5 northbound.

Other trouble spots Washington State highways include I-90 westbound from Mercer Way to Bellevue Way, I-90 from Mercer Way to Bellevue Way, westbound 520 and also several stretches of I-405.

Here's more from the Texas Transportation Institute.

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