Congratulations, Washington-area drivers. You can now claim the worst traffic “hot spot” in the country — a stretch of Interstate 95 in Northern Virginia that averages a whopping 23 traffic jams a day, according to a new study released Wednesday.
Motorists heading south on I-95 between the Fairfax County Parkway and Exit 133 in Fredericksburg lose an average 33 minutes in backups that leave brake lights stretching an average 6.5 miles, according to the report by INRIX, a Kirkland, Wash.-based traffic data firm.
If congestion doesn’t improve over the next decade, the researchers said, that stretch of I-95 will cost local motorists $2.3 billion in wasted time, lost fuel and additional carbon emissions.
Nationwide, continued traffic congestion could cost drivers $2.2 trillion over the next decade, the study found.
anybody who lives in the DC area isn’t surprised by this at all… not one bit, because the traffic around here really and truly is fucking horrible — no exaggeration needed… aside from the obvious waste in time and money, i wonder how many grey hairs i’ve earned from my years of driving up and down I-95… probably quite a few, truth be told.