B.R. makes 'highways from hell' list
In what will likely come as no surprise to anyone in Baton Rouge, a stretch of the city's notoriously congested roadways is included on The Daily Beast's annual list of "America's highways from hell." At No. 24 on the list, a 5.8-mile span of Interstate 12 eastbound between Essen and O'Neal lanes experiences its heaviest traffic between 5 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays, according to the list. The extra wait time during rush hour, according to the list, is 6 minutes; and 18 minutes on Thursdays between 5 and 6 p.m.—which probably sounds a little low to those who regularly traverse that stretch of the interstate. Daily Beast says it used new research from traffic-tracking firm INRIX, which collects data from more than 100 million vehicles across the country, to compile the list. "Specifically, we sliced and diced the INRIX Traffic Index, a score that accounts for the amount of extra time it takes to drive through a particular corridor of highway during rush hour, and the length of that corridor," the publication says. "We first ranked each city based on these scores, totaling the INRIX Index for each gridlocked corridor in each city, and then we highlighted the worst corridor in each city." The INRIX report shows a 30% drop in traffic across the country over the past year. The reasons, according to INRIX's Jim Bak, include rising fuel prices, relatively few jobs created in urban areas, and the completion of stimulus projects resulting in less road construction. A stretch of Interstate 10 in New Orleans also made the list, at No. 17. See the full story and list here.
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