These 9 roads get the worst traffic in NJ and NY, report says
Ever get on a New Jersey road and think "this has got to be the worst traffic in the country?"
You're not far off, according to a new report by the American Highway Users Alliance, which represents truckers and others in the automotive sector. It shows New Jersey and New York are home to nine of the United State's 50 worst stretches of road.
That's right — nearly one of out five of the nation's most backed-up roadways are right in our area, according to the report. The report estimates the traffic on those roads is costing New Jersey motorists $197,000 per year.
Routes 1 and 9 show up three times on the list, for different stretches
The roads in New York and New Jersey ranked as particularly bad:
No. 8: The Lincoln Tunnel, between 10th Avenue in Manhattan and Kennedy Boulevard in New Jersey. Drivers using the tunnel experience an annual total delay of 3.4 million hours, worth $87 million in lost time, according to the report.
No. 9: The Cross Manhattan Expressway (“under the apartments”) and Cross Bronx Expressway, a three mile stretch of I-95 from Broadway to I-895 east of the George Washington Bridge. This segment also experiences about 3 million hours of delays and about $82 million in lost time annually, according to the report.
No 18: The mile-long section of I-95 west of the George Washington Bridge between the
Palisades Parkway and SR-4 in New Jersey.
No. 19: The Pulaski Skyway in New Jersey between I-95 and Central Avenue, also about one mile long.
No. 21: A mile-and-a-half section of the Van Wyck (I-678), between Queens Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
No. 31: Routes 1 and 9 near I-78 in Newark
No. 33: The Brooklyn Bridge (#33)
No. 37: Routes 1 and 9 near I-78 in Jersey City
No. 42: The Long Island Expressway I-495 / I-278 Brooklyn-Queens Expressway interchange in Queens.
The New York-area Expressways have a high concentration of trucks, due to the lack of freight tunnels into Manhattan, the report notes.
The New York metropolitan area fared worse than most areas on the list — but a 12-mile Chicago stretch of road is still estimated to have the worst bottlenecks, on I-90 between Roosevelt Road and North Nagle Ave, wasting 16,900,000 hours and $418 million annually