Some of America's worst traffic

January 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Many people who live in mid-size cities with weak public transportation are forced to drive into town every day so they can get to work on time.

At the Daily Beast, editors decided to make a list of America's 75 worst commutes. The list won't be included here, but we have included some of the ones that can do the most damage on your car. So if yours is mentioned, make sure you get an extra tune-up now and again.

Tourists who go to Washington, D.C. often get lost on the Capital Beltway, which essentially has no signs and is legitimately a circle, but even commuters get frustrated with the road sometimes. Coming in at #3, there are 194 weekly hours of congestion and traffic slows to a snail-like 21.2 mph.

Residents of #20 Philadelphia must love the Schuylkill Expressway, which clocks in 205 hours of traffic and crawls along at 22.9 mph. The worst incident? In 2009, a massive amount of rainfall caused a mudslide, which closed the highway for a while.

On the west coast, #7 Seattle has a whopping 256 hours of weekly congestion. The speed is about the same as Philly and D.C., but the real problem here is the space factor. “We only have so much room to put more freeway through downtown Seattle because we have water to one side and all the downtown buildings to the other," says Paul Tosch, a traffic reporter.

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