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America's 25 Worst Highway Bottlenecks, 2012

Each year, the Daily Beast compiles a list of the country's worst bottlenecks using data supplied by INRIX, a traffic tracking and analyzing company. Their Traffic Index collects data from 100 million vehicles to score the amount of extra time it takes to drive through a particular stretch of highway during rush hour. Consult the table below to find out what freeways to avoid when you hit the road.

RankCityFreeway Worst corridor Length of worst corridor Extra time during rush hour Worst travel hour
1.Los Angeles Harbor Freeway/CA-100 northbound I-10/Santa Monica Freeway to Stadium Way/Exit 24C 3.1 miles 8 minutes Tuesday, 6–7 P.M.
2. New York City Van Wyck Expressway/I-678 northbound Belt Parkway/Exit 1 to Maine Street/Exit 8 3.1miles 10 minutes Monday, 8–9 A.M.
3. San Francisco California Delta Highway/CA-4 westbound Hillcrest Avenue to Somersville Road 2.9 miles 6 minutes Tuesday, 6–7 A.M.
4. Chicago Stevenson Expressway/I-55 southbound State Street/Exit 293C to Pulaski Road/Exit 287 5.7 miles 10 minutes Thursday, 4–5 P.M.
5. Dallas-Ft. Worth Loop 820/I-820 westbound TX-26/Grapevine Highway to US-377/Denton Highway/Exit 19 3.1 miles 6 minutes Friday, 5–6 P.M.
6. Houston US-59 northbound Buffalo Speedway to I-45 4.8 miles 7 minutes Friday, 5–6 P.M.
7. Seattle I-405 southbound WA-520/NE 14th Street/Exit 14 to SE Coal Creek Parkway/Exit10 4.5 miles 7 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
8. Washington, D.C. Capital Beltway/I-495 outer loop US-1/Baltimore Avenue/Exit 25 to MD-97/Georgia Avenue/Exit 31 6.3 miles 8 minutes Wednesday, 8–9 A.M.
9. Boston Southeast Expressway/I-93 southbound I-90 to Freeport Street/Exit 13 3.7 miles 6 minutes Friday, 4–5 P.M.
10. Pittsburgh Penn Lincoln Parkway/I-376 eastbound Lydia Street/Exit 2 to US-19/PA-51/Exit 5 3.4 miles 9 minutes Wednesday, 8–9 A.M.
11. Austin, Texas 1-35 southbound US-183/Exit 239-240 to Woodland Avenue 6.7 miles 10 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
12. Miami Dolphin Expressway/SR 836 westbound I-95 to FL-959/Red Road 5.5 miles 11 minutes Friday, 5–6 P.M.
13. San Diego CA-78 eastbound Rancho Santa Fe Road to Mission Road 4.2 miles 5 minutes Wednesday, 5–6 P.M.
14. Honolulu Lunalilo Freeway/I-1 eastbound HI-92 to S. Vineyard Boulevard/Ward Avenue 3.9 miles 9 minutes Wednesday, 5–6 P.M.
15. Minneapolis-St. Paul I-494 eastbound US-212/Prairie Center Drive/Exit 1 to CR-32/Penn Ave/Exit 6 5.7 miles 6 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
16. Philadelphia Delaware Expressway/I-95 southbound Academy Road/Exit 32 to Girard Avenue/Exit 23 8.3 miles 7 minutes Tuesday, 8–9 A.M.
17. New Orleans I-10 westbound Causeway Boulevard/Exit 228 to End Boulevard/Florida Boulevard 5 miles 5 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
18. Baltimore Baltimore Beltway inner loop/I-695 northbound US-1/Southwestern Boulevard/Exit 12 to Security Boulevard/Exit 17 5.3 miles 4 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
19. Atlanta GA-400/US-19 southbound CA-120/Old Milton Parkway/Exit to GA-140/Holcomb Bridge Road/Exit 7 4.7 miles 4 minutes Tuesday, 8–9 A.M.
20. Bridgeport, Conn. Connecticut Turnpike/I-95 northbound Field Point Road to Mill Plain Road/Exit 21 22.2 miles 12 minutes Friday, 5–6 P.M.
21. Phoenix Papago Freeway/I-10 westbound AZ-51/AZ-202/Exit 147 to 35th Avenue/Exit 141 6.2 miles 4 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
22. Sacramento, Calif. S. Sacramento Freeway/CA-99 southbound 12th Avenue to Mack Road/Bruceville Road 5.4 miles 4 minutes Wednesday, 5–6 P.M.
23. San Jose Bayshore Freeway/US-101 southbound Fair Oaks Avenue to De La Cruz Boulevard 4.2 miles 5 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
24. Baton Rouge, La. I-12 eastbound Essen Lane to O'Neal Lane 5.8 miles 6 minutes Thursday, 5–6 P.M.
25. Riverside, Calif. Riverside Freeway/CA-91 westbound McKinley Street to Auto Center Drive/Serfas Club Drive 5.6 miles 6 minutes Monday, 6–7 A.M.
Source: The Daily Beast, INRIX.

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