Denver Traffic Congestion Up 5 Percent From Last Year

Denver Ranks 26th In Nation For Congestion

A new study shows Denver ranks 26th in the country for the worst congestion.

Honolulu came in first, Los Angeles second, San Francisco third and New York fourth.

The INRIX traffic information service looked at traffic patterns in America’s top 100 most populated cities. It found congestion is down in 70 percent of the cities, likely because of rising gas prices and rising unemployment.

In Denver, the report said congestion had gone up 5 percent, according to the INRIX traffic scorecard. That puts Denver in the top 10 for the biggest increase in congestion from last year to this year.

The worst place for traffic in Denver? The 15.1 mile stretch of Interstate 25 northbound from Evans Avenue to 84th Avenue where the average speed is 38 mph and most drivers experience a 9-minute delay.

7NEWS traffic reporter Jayson Luber said he believes traffic congestion will be easing in that area in the future thanks to construction on I-25 between Santa Fe Drive and 20th Street.

"That project will dramatically change and improve the traffic flow, when it is done," said Luber.

INRIX said the worst morning commute of the week is Tuesdays. It found the worst evening commute of the week is on Fridays. The best commutes? Friday mornings and Monday evenings.

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