Worst Chances for Accidents are Right Here in L.A!

US DOT and Michael Ehline

Ehline attends the US traffic safety hearings.

Los Angeles was built around the car. While this is the case, the city isn’t always the friendliest to motorists. Instead, we see some of the worst traffic in the country in and around the city. The greater Los Angeles area is well known for its rage-inducing traffic jams and hours behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, Los Angeles is home to seven of the top ten most congested roads in the country. These include the following:

  • Harbor Freeway/CA-110 Northbound: Just over three miles of road is the most congested road in the country.
  • Harbor Freeway/I-110 Northbound is also along the most congested in the country. Almost seven miles from W. Redondo Blvd to W. 111th Pl.
  • San Diego Freeway/I-405 Northbound is the third most congested in the area. This is between Santa Fe Avenue to Getty Center Drive.
  • The fourth most congested road in the city is the San Gabriel River Freeway/I-605 Southbound, almost five miles long.
  • The Santa Monica Freeway/I-10 Eastbound.
  • The Santa Monica Freeway/I-10 Westbound is the sixth most congested road in the city.
  • The I-110 Southbound stretch near 50th Street is about two and a half miles of traffic pain.

See the map below for some of the worst traffic zones in and around the city. This map shows just one portion of the potential traffic, which ebbs and flows. The natural peaks, of course, are during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Furthermore, commuters are sometimes best served by public transport or ride sharing.