Maryland Beltway Commute Among Worst in Nation

Ranks third behind two California highways

By John Wist
|  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011  |  Updated 10:10 AM EDT
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We’ve already received the distinction of having the worst commute in the nation. Now Maryland drivers can brag that they have the most congested stretch of road on the East Coast.

A new study out this morning by the Texas Transportation Institute and reported by the Washington Examiner shows that the morning drive on the outer loop of the Beltway between Route 1 and Georgia Avenue is the third most delayed in the country, only trailing two Los Angeles highways.

Drivers on 6.3-mile stretch between 6:00 and 10:00 a.m. spend about 1.8 million hours a year stuck in delays, costing about $38 million in wasted gas and lost productivity. The traffic is so bad most drivers have to double their travel time just to make sure they make it to their destination on time.

Three other area roadways also ranked among the most unreliable in the nation.

- Interstate 70 west between Route 144 and Route 15 ranked 11th.

- Interstate 95 south between Interstate 395 and Russell Road ranked 15th.

- the Beltway from I-95/I-395 to New Hampshire Avenue ranked 27th.

Congestion on those roads varies so much that drivers can have a hard time anticipating when to leave or how long their commute will take.
 

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