AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of Transportation has compiled a list of the 100 most congested roads in the state.
Dallas County has six of the top 20 most congested spots. Denton has one at number 18.
TXDOT says it’s all part of the state’s growing pains.
“You spend a lot of time in your car,” said commuter Al Gomez. “There’s just a lot more cars in just these five years.”
Dallas’ population boom translates into traffic.
“They’ve all got to go somewhere,” said TXDOT spokesperson Tony Hartzel. “They’re bringing cars with them. They aren’t bringing pavement with them.”
The number one offender in North Texas is Woodall Rogers from Highway 75 to N. Beckley. It now has the dubious honor of being the 4th most congested roadway in the state. But TXDOT says, the gridlock should ease up, thanks to a project called Lowest Stemmons.
“What it’ll do is take that traffic that wants to go to the Tollway, if you’re northbound, and it’ll take them off of the highway earlier onto their own lanes,” Hartzel says.
LBJ Freeway between I-35E and Highway 75 was the second worst in Dallas. But TXDOT says the numbers were taken mainly during construction of the new express lanes, the completion of which made a one-time chokehold much more breathable.
The Lowest Stemmons project should also help Dallas’ #3 – I-35E from Highway 183 to I-30. Next on the list, Highway 75 from 635 to Woodall Rogers – no plans for improvements on this one.
And, finally, a second project called Southern Gateway should help the state’s #17 – I-35E from 30 to US-67. just south of downtown Dallas. Four lanes will become five, with two more reversible lanes in the mix.
“It’s just adding more capacity where it makes the most sense for the least amount of dollars,” Hartzel said.
Both projects should begin next year.
To see the complete list of 100 most congested roads in the state, click here.
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