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Pittsburgh Congestion Among Worst in Country

Drivers see a 5% increase in congestion.


If your commute has been adding extra stress lately, it might not be just you feeling that way. A new traffic data study ranked Pittsburgh as the seventh worst city in the country for traffic congestion.

The INRIX 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard analyzes traffic data from across the world, and found congestion in Pittsburgh cost drivers 127 hours and $1,776 last year! The average American lost 97 hours and $1,348 last year due to congestion.

The study found Boston had the worst congestion in the country, and only Washington D.C., Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle fared worse than Pittsburgh.

Not only that, but Pittsburgh seems to be trending in the wrong direction with a five percent increase in congestion from last year. In 2017, Pittsburgh ranked eleventh in congestion.

A PennDOT Traffic Engineer told KDKA News Radio that the primary causes of congestion in our area are the traffic patterns and interchanges located so close to the tunnels, but projects are planned the Banksville, Green Tree and Carnegie interchanges to improve traffic flow.

You can see the complete scorecard here.

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