Cliff Notes on the News

Cliff Notes on the News

Veteran San Diego news director and reporter Cliff Albert shares his thoughts on the latest news and stories each weekday at 12 noon.Full Bio


How Traffic in San Diego Compares to Other Big U.S. Cities

We won’t know for sure what the closure of the 5 freeway from tonight until Monday morning will mean until it happens.

We’ve been warned it could be bad. Some are saying it will be worse than expected and others ae predicting it will be better than expected.

But what’s happening is getting a lot of people thinking more about traffic and how it can affect them.

According to an annual survey, the 10 worst U.S. cities when it comes to traffic congestion and how it affects us, are Chicago. Boston, New York, Philadelphia Miami. Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Houston and Atlanta.

And while San Diego is ranked 8th in population, we don’t make that worst list for traffic congestion.

The study says that on average, San Diego drivers lose 54 hours a year stuck in traffic. That’s way below the worst cities. Los Angeles drivers lose 95 hours and San Francisco drivers lose 97. And in the worst city, Chicago, drivers there lose 155 hours a year struck in traffic.

So if you do get stuck in traffic this weekend because of the shutdown of the 5, just remember that we have it a lot better than most other big cities when it comes to traffic.

(Photo Getty Images)

Photo: Getty Images

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