America’s Worst Highways

America’s Worst Highways

 

 

The reality is that Americans spend nearly 169,278 hours stuck in traffic each year. With all the hours wasted in traffic, 120,127 gallons of gas are also wasted. Here are some notable most traffic-clogged roads and highways.

 

Los Angeles 101 to I-405

 

This interchange is amongst the worst in the nation. An estimated 318,000 people pass through this juncture each day. During rush hour expect to spend twice as long on the road stuck in bumper to bumper traffic with whole sea of other cars and trucks. You can log on to www.sigalert.com to get up-to-date traffic reports on your routes as well as traffic camera feeds.

 

Colorado 550, aka Million Dollar Highway, from Ouray to Silverton

 

This highway is a two-lane highway that climbs to over 11,018 feet. What makes this highway so treacherous is that wildlife migration and deer hunting puts these animals on the move and cross roadways unexpectedly. The 550’s pavement can be very icy in October and through the cold months. On top of that the freeway is smack dab in the middle of an avalanche zone. You can log on to www.dot.state.co.us for the road conditions here.

 

Atlanta I-285 at I-85, aka Spaghetti Junction

 

This junction has a five-level interchange. This is one of the worst roads to travel because of the traffic delays you will have to endure. The American Highway User Alliance gave the Spaghetti Junction an F grade because stop and go traffic occurs here delay most of the time. In combination with the delays, rain and freezing temperature causes ramps and overpasses to become icy causing multiple accidents and agonizing delays.

 

Maine, Highway 1

 

Maine 1 is a two lane road and often has no shoulders. The problem with this is that Maine has a very large moose population and more than often major traffic incidents will involve hitting a moose.  Maine’s rural roads have some of the worst signs, sharp curves, and road bumps caused by freezing and then thaw pavements. Visit www.saferoadmaps.org to see alternative roads.

 

The chart below shows the top 10 worst bottleneck roads within the US.

 

Rank

City

Freeway

Location

Vehicles Per Day

Annual Hours of Delay

1.

Los Angeles

US-101

US-101 (Ventura Fwy) at I-405 Interchange

318,000

27,144

2.

Houston

I-610

I-610 at I-10 Interchange (West)

295,000

25,181

3.

Chicago

I-90

I-90 I-90/94 at I-290 Interchange (“Circle Interchange”)

293,671

25,068

4.

Phoenix

I-10

I-10 I-10 at SR-51/SR-202 Interchange (“Mini-Stack”)

280,800

22,805

5.

Los Angeles

I-405

I-405 I-405 (San Diego Fwy) at I-10 Interchange

296,000

22,792

6.

Atlanta

I-75

I-75 I-75 at I-85 Interchange

259,128

21,045

7.

Washington (DC-Md.-Va.)

I-495

I-495 I-495 at I-270 Interchange

243,425

19,429

8.

Los Angeles

I-10

I-10 I-10 (Santa Monica Fwy) at I-5 Interchange

318,500

18,606

9.

Los Angeles

I-405

I-405 (San Diego Fwy) at I-605 Interchange

318,000

18,606

10.

Atlanta

I-285

I-285 at I-85 Interchange (“Spaghetti Junction”)

266,000

17,072

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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