COLLEGE STATION (August 29, 2014) An extensive new analysis released Friday by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute identifies the most congested urban roadways in Central Texas and around the state.
The annual study, which started as a list of the state’s 100 most congested roadways, now measures congestion on nearly 1,800 stretches of road across 25 urban regions.
The worst congestion in the Waco metro area is on Valley Mills Drive between Bosque Boulevard and Interstate 35, the report says.
In the Temple-Killeen area, the most congested roadway is U.S. Highway 190 between Willow Springs Road and East Stan Schlueter Loop, the report says.
Predictably the worst congestion occurs in the most populous areas of the state.
Topping the 2014 list is the Interstate 610 West Loop in Houston, followed by Interstate 35 in Austin, the Southwest Freeway in Houston, US 75 in Dallas, and Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.
The increasing gridlock is largely the product of a growth in population without a corresponding expansion of roadway space, the institute says.
“It would be easy to simply dismiss this as a ‘big-city problem,’ TTI Research Scientist David Schrank said.
“But doing so would ignore the fact that traffic gridlock in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio or Austin directly impacts the shipping cost of goods for every small community across the state, and that added freight expense is reflected in what we pay for those goods every day.”
In November Texas voters will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment that provides for transfer of certain funds from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to be used for highway construction and maintenance.