There’s worse road congestion outside the desert

February 13th, 2014 | by Colin Atagi | Comments

The next time someone complains about traffic congestion in the Coachella Valley, you might want to tell them that things could be worse. Much worse.

The California Department of Transportation has released its “Mile Marker” traffic report, which evaluates highways across the Golden State.

The full report can be read by clicking here.

tdsdc5-6dmmfpbej6whf92k3ep_layoutIt may not come as a surprise, but Los Angeles County has the worst traffic conditions. But what local residents should know is that Riverside County didn’t even crack the top five worst counties.

According to the report, Riverside County was the sixth most congested county in California. The top five, in order, were Los Angeles, Orange, Alameda, San Diego and Santa Clara.

Furthermore, in a ranking of the state’s most congested freeways, the only one listed from Riverside County is Highway 91, which is far west of the Coachella Valley and came in as the 14th busiest freeway.

The Interstate 10 is the most congested freeway with 6.5 million vehicles delayed per hour.

It was followed by the Los Angeles portions of the 405, 101 and 60 freeways. Interstate 5 in Orange County came in fifth.

There’s no mention of Interstate 10 in the final report. But outside of days with major traffic collisions or botched road work, do people ever really get stuck in traffic?

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