Philadelphia Lands On Top 10 List Of Cities For Worst Traffic
If you drive in or around Philadelphia during rush hour, you know you are in it for the long haul.
Let’s start with the obvious, the Schuylkill Expressway or Route 76 to people outside of Philly. This may be the worst road in the history of mankind. From the Conshohocken Curve to Schuylkill Westbound after University, you probably have sat there wondering why is there traffic when there aren’t any accidents?
Let’s move past the Schuylkill and go to I-95. Is it me or has 95 been under construction since the Declaration of Independence was signed? If you have listened to any Philly traffic report, you have heard “jammed from Cottman to Girard, Construction from Cottman to Bridge, 95 North is slow between Route 420 and the Philly airport.” That’s because there is traffic at those spots at just about any point of the day.
Forget about the Vine Street Expressway or “676” to outsiders. This road gets you into the city at many different spots and the Vine Street Expressway is how you get from 95 to the Schuylkill Expressway. Let’s just say you should leave really early or really late to get to work if you want to bypass this traffic.
I have not even talked about the main bridges in the city.
The Tacony Palmyra Bridge is always backed up but nowhere near as bad as the Betsy Ross, the Ben Franklin, or the Walt Whitman.
Have you ever been on the Blue Route or the PA Turnpike during rush hour? It seems like when I listen to traffic reports, these are always big problem roads.
So, we talked about the major roads that get you into the city and have not talked about the actual city. When you get into the city, not only is there no parking but you will definitely be sitting in traffic.
I know this is Philly-specific traffic but you can’t forget South Jersey and the roads surrounding the bridges. They are always on traffic reports.
INRIX.com says the average driver in the U.S. lost 51 hours to sitting in traffic last year. Philadelphia lands on the top 10 list of cities for worst traffic. Where do you think Philly landed on the top 10 list of cities with the worst traffic?