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Friday, 09 July 2021 19:57

Georgia's Traffic Congestion Among Worst in U.S.

Written by Nyamekye Daniel, The Center Square

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Georgia's interstate system congestion and vehicle travel rate are among the highest in the U.S., a recent report shows.

According to a National Transportation Research Group (TRIP) report published in late June, 57% of urban interstate highways in Georgia are considered congested during peak hours, the 12th-highest in the U.S. Georgia also has the 13th-highest rate of daily interstate travel per urban lane-mile, the report showed.

 

Transportation officials said the data highlights the need for more infrastructure spending in the state.

 

"With one of the most successful and fastest-growing ports in the United States, Georgia is at the epicenter of that need," said Seth Millican, executive director of the Georgia Transportation Alliance.

 

The TRIP found travel on the U.S. interstate system has increased since 2000 at a rate nearly triple that at which new lane capacity is being added. Vehicle travel on Georgia's interstates increased 22% from 2000 to 2019.

 

However, vehicle travel in the state dropped by 39% in April 2020 when compared with April 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It jumped to 4% below March 2019 levels by March this year.

 

TRIP recommended states reconstruct their interstate highways, upgrade roadway corridors and add additional highway capacity and additional corridors, among other things.

 

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has developed plans to expand some of its highways. The agency is exploring a plan that would allow a private company to invest in its I-285 lane expansion project, which is expected to reduce traffic congestion in the metro Atlanta area. A private-public partnership also could reduce the burden on taxpayers.

 

Georgia's Transportation Funding Act, passed in 2015, earmarked...


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