A stretch of road in the Bay Area that many drivers already knew to be a headache is now officially part of one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the country.
The stretch of Interstate 80 between Highway 101 and the Bay Bridge is nationally recognized, but it’s nothing to be proud of. That section has landed on the list of America’s Worst 50 Traffic Bottlenecks.
Of course, this this comes as no surprise to Bay Area residents.
“The bottleneck is bad it backs up the entire highway all the way back up to Third Avenue coming over the hills,” said Foster City resident Justin Kao. “So just because of that, it bottles up all of San Francisco, doesn’t even matter what part of it.”
These clogged lanes landed in 12th place on a list of fifty across the country. In the Bay Area, it’s on the top of people’s lists of places to avoid.
“When I take Ubers and stuff sometimes they try to get up on there,” said San Jose resident Samantha Paulding. “And I’m like, ‘No, just go through town and find somewhere else.’ Because I’m just, I’m gonna be sitting up there forever trying to get home.”
This clogged spot is only 1.9 miles long, but it’s estimated to create a lot of waste. The American Highway Users Alliance says delays there cost a total of 2.2 million wasted hours every year and nearly 800,000 gallons of gas.
“You expect to see a big accident or something like that and it’s just congested,” said one driver. http://abc7news.com/traffic/study-sf-oakland-among-worst-traffic-bottlenecks-in-us/1096450/