Orange County: Freeway Congestion Costing Drivers Time and Money
Posted on Nov 18, 2011
Congestion on Orange County and Los Angeles freeways is costing drivers time and money, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s (TTI) 2011 Congested Corridors Report. Some of the worst areas included the stretch of the northbound 405 Freeway between MacArthur Boulevard and Brookhurst Street, where motorists wasted 433,000 hours in afternoon traffic and 1.8 million gallons of fuel in 2010; the 8.4 miles of the northbound 5 Freeway from Sand Canyon Avenue to 17th Street, with 297,000 hours spent in traffic delays at a cost of 1.2 million gallons of fuel; and the northbound 55 Freeway from the 73 toll road to 4th Street and Irvine Boulevard. The most congested stretch of highway, however, was the three miles of the 110 Freeway between the 10 Freeway and Stadium Way, where drivers wasted 1,440 hours in traffic and 2.1 million gallons of gasoline, explains an auto accident attorney in Orange County.
The highways listed in the report not only had the most stop-and-go traffic but also had somewhat unpredictable patterns of congestion, making it challenging for motorists to accurately plan how long their commutes would take.
There were 23,680,643 licensed drivers in California in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). Between 2005 and 2009, the mean travel time to work was 27 minutes for commuters in the state and 26.1 minutes in Orange County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Orange County Register originally covered the release of this report.
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