• Mar 3, 2009
Every city has them; choke points where traffic grinds to a halt. Forbes has compiled a list of the 100 worst intersections in the United States, and as you'd expect, the list is entirely compiled of urban interchanges. New York, Los Angeles and Chicago keep popping up, though other areas like New Haven, Austin and even Honolulu have traffic nightmares to offer. Forbes relied on data from Inrix, a company whose traffic data, culled from commercial vehicle GPS units and state departments of transportation, is facilitating traffic avoidance functionality in GPS units. Ford will be using the predictive routing to keep its new vehicles out of traffic jams, and Garmin and TomTom also rely on Inrix.

One thing the data show is that congestion has dropped. The 30% drop is being attributed to fuel prices and economic difficulties. People drive less when the economy stinks, apparently. Construction projects have jostled some of the listings, as well, with past problems disappearing completely off the list once the newly improved roads are fully opened. According to the Inrix data, your commute could actually benefit from terrible economic conditions, high fuel prices and those much-vaunted shovel-ready stimulus projects.

[Source: Forbes, Photo: nypostmasters.org]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Been in a couple of them. Thank God I don't live in SoCal anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is anyone else not surprised that Detroit, the car making capitol of the country, is not on the list? Hard to have a traffic jam in a ghost town...sad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      rising unemployment does wonders to reduce rush hour traffic...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sad, but true.
        • 5 Years Ago
        pretty stupid comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And... those 100 intersections are????????????????

      Link to list please!

      The previous #1 intersection was right down the street from where I grew up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, ultra-fail-e-i-e-i-o, you big silly goose!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are aware that the picture and the "read" link on the post link to the Forbes source, right? And that the "source" text is also a link?

        Have fun
        • 5 Years Ago
        "[Source: Forbes, Photo: nypostmasters.org]"

        Click on the "Forbes" part. It's that easy.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah Dan, ultra-fail-i-o on that one. There's no "Read More" link anywhere!

        Clicking the title brings me right back to this same page.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hello Dan,

        It is not obvious that the picture is the link. And I don't see the "read" or "source" links either.

        Besides that, keep up the good work!
        • 5 Years Ago
        FYI, as of this moment the "[Source]" text isn't linkified for either this entry or the GM Saab letter entry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They made this needlessly complicated, at least for the LA entries. Just about all of them fall into 3 segments (2 of which intersect):

      101 between Alameda and Vine
      110 between Exposition and Figueroa
      405 between La Cienega and Santa Monica

      They would've had more room on the list for a few other choice entries.

      Everybody out here will agree that these are the worst out here basically 24/7. Most recently, I was stuck in the first one going southbound at 3AM on a Friday.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So glad I don't have to deal with LA traffic anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Southern California is one big intersection.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Add to the list: I-20/75/85 interchange , downtown Atlanta, Georgia, especially during rush hour.
      • 5 Years Ago
      CA 87/Almaden Expressway in San Jose... I was a field engineer out there when the last two fly over ramps were constructed, it was even more of a nightmare during construction. Glad I moved away!
      • 5 Years Ago
      No intersections from Florida, birthplace of the inattentive, reckless driver? Shenanigans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So basically New York (Bronx partically), Illinois, California, and NJ are the bad spots. Go figure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have driven in the top 7.... ouch....

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