Top 3 ‘Most Congested Roadways’ In North Texas

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.

  • Richard

    This is why we are in need of a light rail system that is both affordable and safe. There is no reason for our metroplex not to have one. It should start by encompassing North to Gainesville and of course east and west Dallas and Fort Worth..why is this country always 30 years behind when it comes to mass transportation.

    • YRofTexas

      I know DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) was trying to connect all of the out lying cities, and many voted no to join DART. I’m sorry now that DART is not in towns like Allen, McKinney and Frisco. I have family in those towns, and if my handicapped hubby wanted to visit – he is forced to hire a taxi if I’m not available.
      Do you know how much taxi’s charge? Egad!!!

      • p

        Allen and McKinney are not on the light rail system, because they chose not to participate in DART over a decade ago. So, DART stopped in Plano, and now the parking lot at the northernmost DART rail station is full of cars from Allen and McKinney.

  • C Bauer

    35W in Fort Worth isn’t on the list? Nor is parts of 820? Well, I guess when we’re “competing” with the 610 loop and the Katy Freeway in my old neck of the woods, nothing compares..

    • C Bauer

      I read that a part of 35W made it, but ALL of it in Fort Worth needs to be on that list. That’s what I meant. 35W is a nightmare.

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  • TX Highway Driver

    I agree with C Bauer; however, I guess, if I read it right, TXDOT doesn’t include highways that are under construction. In my book, before it was under construction, 820, 183 and I35 in Tarrant County was one of the worst stretches of highway in the State. Now with construction going on, it makes it even worse than before. TXDOT thinks construction is a remedy but only when it is done is it a remedy. Right now it is a reason.

  • mike

    duh !

  • Christine

    Blame it on the weather…seriously??? I don’t know why I-35 North from Dallas County to the other side of Denton County to the Oklahoma border is not on this list. I commute every day from I-35 in Corinth to Dallas Love Field area and back. It takes me anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour and a half to drive 25 miles each way. I could take the train but I would have to take two trains and still take a bus to get to work. That would take me as long vs driving it myself. Not worth the aggrivation! How do you stop the insanity? It should not take that long to travel 25 miles.

  • Leigh

    I have high hopes that just as Central got a lot better after it was reconstructed, the new LBJ (or LBJ Express) will make it a lot faster and easier to get across town. Right now, I avoid it at all costs but have January 2016 circled on my calendar as the start of a better day.

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