From The Daily Beast comes a survey of the top 75 Worst Commutes in America. While Raleigh didn’t finish as high as expected, I-40 did rank #50 out of 75 with Los Angeles finishing atop the list. Raleigh wasn’t the worst in North Carolina as Independence Boulevard in Charlotte finished at #35. While I-40 is bad, Independence in CLT is definitely much worse.
The list was created through data from traffic-tracking firm INRIX and ranking metropolitan areas with the worst rush-hour congestion, based on peak hour Time Travel Index. According to The Daily Beast “TTI is a measure of how much longer it takes to complete a road journey during peak congestion hours compared to free-flow hours. (Peak hours are defined as 6 a.m. to 10a.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)” From there, the list breaks down the worst highway in each city based on the most hours of bottleneck congestion and specific intersections that are the most affected by the congestion.
Raleigh’s I-40 has, according to the list, 45 hours of bottleneck congestion per week. The worst bottleneck on I-40 through Raleigh? The intersection of US-1 and I-40 at Exit 293. This intersection is probably one of the worst planned exits on the entire Beltway around Downtown Raleigh. More statistics from the study below.
#50, I-40, Raleigh, NC
Weekly hours of bottleneck congestion: 45
Worst bottleneck: Westbound, US 1/US 64/Exit 293
Length of worst bottleneck: 2.61 mi
Weekly hours of congestion on worst bottleneck: 8
Speed of worst bottleneck when congested: 27.9 mph
Original source of the article, Matt Lail over at Raleigh Philosophical Society