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Los Angeles Wins 4 of 12 Worst Traffic Sports in the United States

405_101_interchange Forbes Magazine recently posted its list of "America's 12 Worst Bottlenecks," and Los Angeles leads the pack with four of the twelve traffic traps (Woo hoo! We won a prize!), while Atlanta, Chicago, and Phoenix each tied with two hot spots apiece. The author, Robert Malone, ranked each location based on the value of the manhours wasted at each location. and the number-one worst location at the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways in Los Angeles wastes 27 million hours annually. Trust me: I spent at least 15 years of my life driving past this intersection, and can attest to its fearsome traffic jams.

The worst of them have nicknames like "Hillside Strangler," "Mixing Bowl," "Spaghetti Junction," and "Orange Crush." As far as I know, the only nickname the 405/101 intersection wears is simply its title as American commuters' number-one time waster, a dubious honor it has already received several times in the last few years.

According to Malone, "They drive commuters crazy. They stall commerce. They waste fuel uselessly. And fixing them? Nothing doing." Some of them are in the process of being fixed, and that is making them even worse.

So, without any additional fanfare, here is the list of America's 12 worst bottlenecks according to Forbes Magazine (click on any one to link to Forbes photo essay and read the details on each location):

1. Los Angeles US-101 and I-405 Interchange

2. Houston I-610 and I-10 Interchange

3. Chicago I-90/94 and I-290 Interchange

4. Phoenix I-10 and SR-51 Interchange

5. Los Angeles I-405 and I-10 Interchange

6. Atlanta I-75 and I-85 Interchange

7. Washington, D.C. I-495 and I-270 Interchange

8. Los Angeles I-10 and I-5 Interchange

9. Los Angeles I-405 and I-605 Interchange

10. Atlanta I-285 and I-85 Interchange

11. Chicago I-94 and I-90 Interchange

12. Phoenix I-17 and I-10 Interchange


By Brandy Schaffels
Contributing Editor



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