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BR ranked in Top 50 for terrible traffic, Top 100 for worst highway

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Posted: Mar 11, 2014 10:56 PM by Brittany Weiss, Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Mar 12, 2014 6:50 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: traffic, rank, baton rouge

BATON ROUGE- Drivers here got proof of what they've been living in: commuting in the Capital City is horrendous.

Recently, a traffic tracking company released a study of the most congested cities and highway systems in the world. Baton Rouge was ranked in the top 50 of all of North America.

Drivers know it.

"It's a pain," said a driver WBRZ News 2 interviewed during the evening rush, the worst time to drive according to the study by INRIX.

"No matter what time of day it is, it's a pain," said the frustrated driver.

The region ranks 34th, ahead of Las Vegas and Detroit- even New Orleans- as terrible for traffic.

In particular, researchers said the worst area is I-10 between LA 415 and Dalrymple. It's less than a five mile stretch that should take about five minutes to drive but usually takes 14. And, on the worst days, vehicles move at an annoying eleven miles-per-hour. Drivers who routinely get stuck here waste as much as 35 hours a year, the study found.

The same stretch of interstate is also the second busiest in the state. About 146,000 automobiles pass through I-10 at College Drive each day.

Read our corresponding story about how the state is easing traffic headaches HERE.
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