What are America’s Top Ten Highways from Hell

The #7 "HIghway to Hell," I-405 in Bellevue, Washington.

What are the worst stretches of road for commuters in the country? How much extra time is wasted during the worst travel hour in the corridors? The Daily Beast looked at research from traffic-tracking firm INRIX, which collects data from more than 100 million vehicles across the country, to identify “America’s Highways from Hell 2012, From Los Angeles to New York City.”

Congestion costs everyone, not just commuters, in other ways besides time stuck in traffic. Bottlenecks and other forms of congestion cost U.S. businesses about $200 billion a year – both because of the increased price to ship goods as well as transportation costs for raw materials and other inputs, according to a coalition of Chambers, businesses and associations.

Here are the ten worst corridors:

1. Los Angeles: Harbor Freeway/CA-110 Northbound

2. New York City: Van Wyck Expressway/I-678 Northbound

3. San Francisco: California Delta Highway/CA-4 Westbound

4. Chicago: Stevenson Expressway/I-55 Southbound

5. Dallas-Fort Worth: Loop 820/I-820 Westbound

6. Houston: US-59 Northbound

7. Seattle: I-405 Southbound

8. Washington, DC: Capital Beltway/I-495 Outer Loop

9. Boston: Southeast Expressway/I-93 Southbound

10. Pittsburgh: Penn Lincoln Parkway/I-376 Eastbound

You can compare this list to Inrix’s 2011 list of most congested corridors.

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