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Most Congested Arteries in the Washington Area

A new report out today names the top ten congested "chokepoints" in the region. Not surprisingly, a few of them are major arteries in the city, including the number one spot: The I-395 entrance around 4th Street in the Mount Vernon Square area. The report was released by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. 

 Ah, I can imagine the developers' signs now:

If you lived here, you'd be home right now!*

*Unless its midday, or god forbid, rush hour. Then you're looking at about twenty more minutes in the car. 

Here's the entire group, and if that's a bit tough to read, check out the list below:

Most congested freeway chokepoints:

(1) Southbound I-395 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) from 4th St. to U.S. Route 1*
(2) Westbound 11th St. Bridge (8:00 to 9:00 a.m.) from I-295 to Southeast Freeway
(3) Northbound I-395 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.) from 11th St. to Pennsylvania Ave
(4) Outer Loop I-495 (8:00 to 9:00 a.m.) from New Hampshire Ave. to U.S. 29*
(5) Tie:

  • Inner Loop I-495 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) Georgetown Pike to George Washington Parkway
  • Northbound I-395 (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.) from U.S. Route 1 to 12th St.
  • Eastbound I-66 HOV (8:00 to 9:00 a.m.) from VA 243 to I-495*
  • Eastbound I-66 (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.) from VA 267 to VA 693
  • Inner Loop I-495 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) from MD 187 to I-270
  • Northbound I-95 (7:00 to 8:00 a.m.) from VA 644 to I-495

*Indicates that these locations experienced an increase in congestion from 2005.

  • Tim

    I cannot fathom how the innerloop between braddock road and I-66 did not make this list.

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