Parkway West Named Most Congested Road

Pittsburgh-area commuters travel one of the most congested routes in the nation, according to a new traffic study.

Commuters traveling on the Parkway West into Pittsburgh have to contend with some of the most congested roadways in the country, according to a study released by traffic data firm INRIX. 

The three-mile stretch along Interstate 376 East from Green Tree to the Fort Pitt tunnel has been named as the ninth most heavily trafficked corridor in the country.

Rounding out the top eight were routes in either the New York and Los Angeles metro areas, making Pittsburgh's Parkway the most congested corridor outside of the Big Apple and the City of Angels. 

Click here to view the full list. 

It takes motorists an average of 13 minutes with a nine-minute delay in peak traffic hours to travel three-mile stretch from Green Tree to the tunnels, according to INRIX. 

Motorists who travel any of corridors in INRIX's top ten experience up to 60 hours of delay each year on their afternoon commutes alone. If you drive any of INRIX's top-ten most congested corridors during rush hour each day, you spend three weeks a year stuck in traffic. 

A remedy for the Parkway's congestion isn't coming anytime soon, reports the Post-Gazette:  

Asked about whether a "mega project" could remedy the situation, Dan Cessna, district executive for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said, "In our currently constrained financial situation, no. It's that simple. There's no place in the current funding program or the long-range plan that looks at any significant changes to the Parkway West."

Do you agree that the Parkway West in the most congested? What route do you take in the morning? Tell us in the comments.

This story originally appeared on Robinson-Moon Patch.

Ben Brugmans June 12, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Having to travel through downtown Pittsburgh, to get from Eastern suburbs to Southern suburbs, or airport is a design flaw of massive proportions. A bypass, beltway, or improving the bottlenecked backroads would have helped.
robert redinger jr June 12, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The Parkway East is the worst in my opinion, it's always jammed
B June 12, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I would have to agree, the Parkway east is a nightmare all the time. I presume that the west just has MORE traffic. Logic would say that the West should be worse because you have roads merging right before the tunnel. Yet on the east, you have a long straightaway and then a tunnel and yet there is traffic for no reason.


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