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Parkway East and West among the most congested roads in the country, study finds

Madasyn Czebiniak
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In this file photo from 2015, traffic is shown on the Parkway East.

This isn’t news to anyone who regularly travels I-376 around Pittsburgh, but the highway ranked as one of the most congested roads in the country, according to a recent study.

The Parkway East and West between I-79 and the Turnpike was the fifth most congested road in the United States last year, the study by INRIX, Inc. stated.

The study identified and ranked congestion in more than 200 cities in 38 countries. It ranked congested roads by daily and yearly delays.

On I-376, drivers face a daily delay of 18 minutes, or about 72 hours per year.

The scorecard also analyzed congestion and the severity of it in the top 60 urban areas in the U.S.

Pittsburgh ranked seventh in the most amount of hours lost due to congestion. Boston, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles took the top six spots.

Americans in 2018 lost an average of 97 hours due to congestion, costing them nearly $87 billion, an average of $1,348 per driver, according to the study.

For Pittsburghers, congestion cost 127 hours. Congestion cost the city $1.2 billion, an average of $1,776 per driver, according to the scorecard.

“Congestion costs Americans billions of dollars each year. It will continue to have serious consequences for national and local economies, businesses and citizens in the years to come,” Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX said in a statement. “If we’re to avoid traffic congestion becoming a further drain on our economy, we must invest in intelligent transportation systems to tackle our mobility challenges.”

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Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected] or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.