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Memorial Day weekend traffic jam fodder: Houston traffic is actually getting better with less congestion

Memorial Day weekend traffic jam fodder: Houston traffic is actually getting better with less congestion

Houston traffic is not so awesome. That's not news to anyone hoping to beat the crawling Memorial Day weekend traffic. But how does the city rank compared to others across the United States?

According to the INRIX traffic scorecard, Houston's congestion is 24th out of the 100 cities measured. Considering how big our metropolitan area is, that's actually a pretty decent showing.

 INRIX says Houston drivers spent over 21 hours in traffic congestion over the past year on average, but that's actually an improvement.  

INRIX says Houston drivers spent over 21 hours in traffic congestion over the past year on average, but that's actually an improvement. Whether it's due to high fuel prices or changing lifestyles, Houston's INRIX index — which measures the percent of extra time spent driving due to traffic congestion — data taken from April 2011 through April 2012 was down 16 percent from the 12-month period before then.

So what are the worst cities for driving? Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. In Hawaii's capital a quarter of the time spent driving is waiting in traffic, but hey, at least the views are good.

The study also ranked the worst road corridors for congestion. Houston's worst stretch of traffic is on heading north o US-59 from Buffalo Speedway to Interstate 45, a five-mile stretch that takes an average of 12 minutes to travel, making it the 36th most congested road in the country. Other miserable drives around H-Town that made the top 100 include include Loop 610 northbound between Braeswood and Woodway (No. 55), Northwest Freeway from Mangum to N. Eldridge (No. 62), Loop 610 southbound between Highway 290 and Evergreen St. (No. 77) and US-59 southbound from Quitman to 288.

Of course, if any of these freeways are a part of your commute, this isn't exactly news to you.

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