California Ranked Worst for Traffic

New Jersey boasts poorest road system
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2007 3:03 PM CDT
Traffic on Highway 110 moves smoothly past downtown in the late evening on Thursday, August 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – California ranks No.1 in the US for interstate traffic jams, says a new study which focused on congestion around big cities. With traffic snarled on 83.3% of its urban roadways, the Golden State edged out runners-up Minnesota and New Jersey. Surprisingly, New York—gridlock central—only came in 37th. New Jersey also had the worst road system for the 8th consecutive year, Reuters reports.

A full 54% of all urban interstates are clogged, according to the report, which suggests that states shift their priorities, and dollars, from fixing potholes to cutting congestion. But while traffic drives drivers crazy, it does have an upside: Most of the states with very high congestion also have very low accident rates. (Read more California stories.)