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Fairfax County Ranks 13th Nationally In Traffic Congestion

While certainly not good news, there's some silver lining to this report that Craig Richardson (an agent in my office) discusses below regarding traffic congestion in the D.C. and Northern Virginia areas:

  • The traffic congestion points to the fact that our region is growing -- people are coming to the area.

 

  • Some of the congestion is temporary, as Craig points out, due to the current construction surrounding Tysons Corner and the Metro extension.

  • Finally, the completion of the Metro extension over the next few years should alleviate some of the road traffic as public transportation will reach out further into the Northern Virginia suburbs, and eventually to Dulles Airport.

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For those living in and around Fairfax County, it should come as no surprise that we have made the list of one of the most traffic congested areas in the county.  According to WTOP, Fairfax County ranked 13 in a national "ranking of roads where drivers tend to go 70 percent less than the speed limit."  As the article notes, Fairfax County made the list primarily because of the Tysons Corner project.

In addition to Fairfax County, other Metropolitan D.C. areas making the top 25 raking include Washington, D.C. (7th), Alexandria, VA (9th), and Arlington, VA (22nd).  The complete list is as follows:

  1. Seattle -- 43 percent of roads congested
  2. Los Angeles -- 38 percent of roads congested
  3. Chicago -- 37 percent of roads congested
  4. Montgomery County, Md. -- 37 percent of roads congested
  5. San Francisco -- 35 percent of roads congested
  6. New York -- 31 percent of roads congested
  7. Washington, D.C. -- 30 percent of roads congested
  8. San Jose, Calif. -- 29 percent of roads congested
  9. Alexandria, Va. -- 28 percent of roads congested
  10. Oakland, Calif. (Alameda County) -- 28 percent of roads congested
  11. Atlanta, Ga. (Cobb County) -- 27 percent of roads congested
  12. Boston -- 27 percent of roads congested
  13. Fairfax County, Va. -- 26 percent of roads congested
  14. Philadelphia -- 25 percent of roads congested
  15. Austin, Texas -- 25 percent of roads congested
  16. Phoenix, Ariz. -- 25 percent of roads congested
  17. Long Island, N.Y. (Nassau County) -- 24 percent of roads congested
  18. San Juan, Puerto Rico -- 24 percent of roads congested
  19. Portland, Ore. -- 23 percent of roads congested
  20. Houston -- 23 percent of roads congested
  21. Contra Costa County, Calif. -- 23 percent of roads congested
  22. Arlington, Va. -- 23 percent of roads congested
  23. Orange County, Calif. -- 20 percent of roads congested
  24. New Orleans, La. -- 20 percent of roads congested
  25. Norfolk County, Mass. -- 20 percent of roads congested

 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBrian Block • December 10 2009 05:00PM

Comments

Damn You Brian Blockhead.....when Montgomery County sees that they are only 4th, they will close more roads making every effort to surpass the three areas in front of them. I can just see ole Ike Legget and his council friends marking up maps in glee. Prepare for closures on 270 and 355. Road repair crews will be out in full force between 6am and 9am, returning at 3 pm till 7 pm.

I guess it is time to break out the bike, or skateboard or walking shoes.........

 

WE ARE DOOMED !!!!!!!

Posted by John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood) about 8 years ago

Why am I not surprised?  I think traffic in northern VA in the past few years has improved.  There have bee a lot of road projects that alleviated the mess we had in the 80's and 90's 

Posted by Ellen Crawford, Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR (RE/MAX Paramount Properties) about 8 years ago

Only 29% of the roads are congested here in Alexandria? Wow, I would have thought it was more. This is very interesting data. Thanks,

Posted by Renee Thompson (Premier Sotheby's International Realty) about 8 years ago

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