Traffic Tie-Ups

November 20, 2007 at 5:14 am Leave a comment

 

Isn’t it frustrating when you are in a hurry to get home but the flow of traffic is no faster than a snail? With millions of Americans owning vehicles, it is not surprising that the country’s roads sometimes have a hard time containing them all. During holiday seasons, we can expect that traffic congestion will be much worse than an ordinary day.

Metro Networks, a Westwood One company which gathers and reports traffic situations across the United States, recently named the worst traffic congestion areas in preparation for the upcoming holiday.

According to The Auto Channel, here are some of the worst areas that you can get caught in traffic congestion:

  • New York-Philadelphia-Washington, DC – Interstate 95. This corridor is easily the slowest 225 miles of highway during the holidays. The section from the Delaware Memorial Bridge to the George Washington Bridge is the worst of it.
  • Boston – Westbound Massachusetts Turnpike from downtown Boston to Interstate 84 in Sturbridge. This a 56-mile stretch that on the day before Thanksgiving has been known to completely back-up due to Interstate 84 serving as the main route south connecting Boston with the rest of the Eastern Seaboard.
  • Los Angeles – Both sides of Interstate 5 from the Grapevine through Orange County. Northbound gets tightly congested with holiday travelers heading to San Francisco, and beyond, while southbound lanes attract those heading towards San Diego and Tijuana.
  • Washington, DC – Interstate 95 from Springfield, VA (just south of DC) through Fredericksburg, VA. This 30-mile stretch south of Washington, DC experiences extensive delays on a regular basis, which are only amplified during the holiday season. 15-20 mile back ups are not uncommon during peak holiday travel times.
  • New York City – The Throgs Neck Bridge and Whitestone Bridge, both of which connect the Bronx and Queens. The two heavily traveled bridges are key choke points along the main artery connecting upstate New York, Connecticut and Long Island.

So if you are thinking about passing through those areas this coming Thanksgiving, it would be better if you plot out your course so that you will not be caught in a massive traffic congestion.

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