Study: Nashville among worst cities for traffic congestion - WKRN News 2

Study: Nashville among worst cities for traffic congestion

Posted: Updated: March 9, 2011 04:05 PM CST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville ranks 32nd in the nation among cities with the worst traffic congestion.

According to INRIX National Traffic Scorecard, traffic congestion increased 11% across the county in 2010.  The worst areas are Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

According to the study, in Nashville, the worst congested area is the I-440 East stretch from West End Avenue to Nolensville Pike.

The study says the stretch of just less than five miles can take as long as 20 minutes to travel during the busiest times of day.

It ranks No. 98 among the nation's worst corridors for congestion.

The study also states the worst time to travel overall in the Nashville area is between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  The worst day to travel is Thursday.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation told Nashville's News 2 they are working to improve the traffic congestion.

"We're not surprised when we see these numbers," TDOT Planning Chief Joe Carpenter said.

He continued, "We are going to be working as we have been, a little more intensely to work on detailed plans and see how we fund those."

I-40 East at Demonbreun Street, I-40 East at Broadway, I-65 North at Rosa Parks Boulevard and I-24 East at Woodland Street were some of the other worst traffic areas named in Metro Nashville.

Read the complete study at

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