The Jam Of All Denver Traffic Jams On I-25

One Southbound Section Cost Commuters Time, Wasted Fuel

When you are stuck in rush hour traffic, you probably think you are in the worst traffic jam in the city. If you drive on southbound Interstate 25 at 38th Avenue/Park Avenue West, you are right. The interchange south of Interstate 70 and north of 20th Street ranks as the 24th most congested bottleneck in the country, according to the website The Daily Beast.

The website methodology included ranking all metropolitan areas in the country with the worst rush-hour congestion. The order was based on the peak hour travel time index, a measure of how much longer it takes to complete a road journey during peak congestion hours compared to free-flow hours. Peak hours are defined as 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

After determining the 75 worst metro areas, the website ranked the worst highway in each, defined as the most hours of bottleneck congestion, as reported by INRIX traffic information service. The rankings were broken down even further to the most congested segment for the worst highway in each area.

The website calculated the number of weekly hours spent driving in congestion on the half-mile section of Interstate 25 at 27. And the average speed in the congested area is just less than 20 mph.

The worst highway section in the country for congestion is the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles followed by the Lunalilo Freeway in Honolulu, the Capital Beltway that surrounds Washington, D.C., Interstate 35 in Austin, Texas, and the James Lick Freeway in San Francisco, Calif.

See the entire list published by The Daily Beast.

The website also ranked the 100 interstates most likely to generate a fatal wreck. The entire 300 mile section of I-25 through Colorado ranks 74th in the nation with 164 fatal crashes between 2004 and 2008.

Summer months are the most deadly for drivers. According to the National Highway Safety Administration, 50,765 fatal accidents occurred in June, July, and August from 2004 to 2008. While fatalities have been steadily decreasing since 2005, 37,261 motorists and passengers lost their lives in 2008.

According to the data, some roads are more dangerous than others. Reckless or distracted drivers seem to congregate on certain highway corridors, while poor road maintenance is another common cause of collisions.

The Daily Beast compiled five years of accident data, courtesy of the NHSA, from nearly 250 stretches of interstate highways to find out which roads are the most deadly, mile-for-mile. Each interstate was broken into stretches within a single state. Fatal accidents, rather than total fatalities, were measured, which were then divided by the number of miles of that stretch.

No. 1 on the list is Interstate 95 in Florida with 1.73 fatal accidents per mile. Rounding out the top five is Interstate 76 in New Jersey followed by Interstate 4 in Florida, Interstate 15 in California and Interstate 10 in California.

The entire list can be found from The Daily Beast.