A study released Monday by the American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA) found that both approaches to the Bay Bridge — from Interstate Highway 80 in San Francisco and the East Bay — are among the nation’s worst in terms of traffic bottlenecks.
The research comes at the same time as the San Francisco Chronicle reports that backups on Bay Area roadways are now starting before 5 a.m., when they used to begin about an hour later.
According to the research, the 1.9-mile-long approach to the Bay Bridge from U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco is 12th worst in the country, logging total annual delays of 2.2 million hours, a time loss valued at $59 million.
In 16th place came the 2-mile-long approach to the Bay Bridge along Interstate 80, the study showed. That stretch logged total annual delays of 1.9 million hours, a time loss valued at $50 million.
In first place came the 12-mile stretch along Interstate 90 in Chicago, which amasses annually 16.9 million hours of delay. Six of the top 10 worst bottlenecks are in Los Angeles.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the report “furthers the unassailable truth that America is stuck in traffic.” Transportation advocates suggest a multi-faceted strategy to relieving gridlock. Read the full study to learn more.