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Top 3 ‘Most Congested Roadways’ In North Texas

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has released this year’s list of the 100 most congested roadways and the top three are in Dallas County.

According to TxDOT, Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Interstate- 635/LBJ Freeway and U.S. 75/Central Expressway are ranked one, two and three respectively.

Driver Bill Barnes of Addison isn’t surprised. He is forced to endure the LBJ Freeway everyday. “I don’t question that at all,” Barnes said of the ranking. “I drive it [635] and it is [congested]. It’s like 75 used to be years ago.”

Tarrant County was also represented in the top 10. Interstate-35W, from I-30 to State Highway 183, is number five on the ‘most congested’ list.

To make the list the roadway must be a “daily challenge for motorists”.

There are some differences in the 2010 list and the one this year. “Finishing or starting construction is probably the number one reason for the shift in ratings,” Dr. Tim Lomax, Research Engineer with the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), said in a press release. TTI worked with TxDOT to develop the list.

While Woodall Rodgers began construction last year, construction on the LBJ Freeway didn’t start until a couple of months ago and TxDOT say it’s only going to get worse until the project is complete in 2016.

Researchers say some of the differences can also be attributed to slower traffic speeds because of prolonged weather events.

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