DC Area Ranks As 5th Most Congested In the Nation

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  • (WUSA) -- The Washington metropolitan area ranks fifth in the nation for the worst traffic congestion. The INRIX National Traffic Scorecard found our congestion is getting better; in fact our ranking dropped from number four to number five. Los Angeles ranks worst in the nation. The study found Thursday between 5:00pm and 6:00pm is the most congested hour of the week on Washington area roadways. The most congested months of the year are May, November, and December.

    When it comes to the worst bottlenecks in the region, the most congested spot is northbound I-395 at the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington, Va. The INRIX study found when congested, the average speed approaching the 14th Street Bridge complex is just 13.2 miles per hour. However, it is getting better there. In 2007, the highway junction ranked as the 84th most congested spot in the nation. For the 2008 report, it ranked 176th.


    1. NB 395 at GW Parkway (Arlington, Va.)
    2. SB 95 at Fairfax County Parkway (Newington, Va.)
    3. EB 66 at Dulles Toll Road (Falls Church, Va.)
    4. WB 66 at Fairfax Drive/Glebe Road (Arlington, Va.)
    5. NB 395 at Route 110 (Arlington, Va.)
    6. NB 395 at Boundary Channel Drive (Arlington, Va.)
    7. Inner Loop at I-270 Merge (Rockville, Md.)
    8. Inner Loop at Route 355 Exit (Rockville, Md.)
    9. Inner Loop at I-295/Rt. 210 (Oxon Hill, Md.)
    10. Outer Loop at Telegraph Road (Alexandria, Va.)
    11. Outer Loop at Route 1 (Alexandria, Va.)
    12. Outer Loop at New Hampshire Avenue (Silver Spring, Md.)
    13. NB B/W Parkway at Powder Mill Road (Beltsville, Md.)
    14. Outer Loop at University Boulevard (Silver Spring, Md.)
    15. NB B/W Parkway at Goddard Road (Greenbelt, Md.)
    16. Inner Loop at River Road (Potomac, Md.)
    17. SB 395 at Maine Avenue/12th St (Washington)
    18. EB 66 at Westmoreland Street (Arlington, Va.)
    19. SB 95 at Route 123 (Woodbridge, Va.)
    20. Inner Loop at Connecticut Avenue (Kensington, Md.)
    21. WB 66 at Nutley Street (Vienna, Va.)
    22. SB 395 at 6th Street (Washington)
    23. WB 66 at Prince William Parkway (Bristow, Va.)
    24. EB 66 at Route 29/237 (Arlington, Va.)
    25. EB 66 at Washington Boulevard (Arlington, Va.)


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