N.O. area drivers face 45 hours of traffic delays

N.O. area drivers face 45 hours of traffic delays

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Local drivers lose about two days worth of time every year because they're stuck in traffic.

That's the result of a new study conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

The study shows New Orleans drivers find themselves delayed in traffic about 45 hours each year. That makes the city rank 38th for traffic congestion in the country.

Washington, D.C. tops the list of gridlock-plagued cities with 82 hours of delays per commuter. Los Angeles comes in second with 80 hours of delays. San Francisco rounds out the top three with 78 hours of delays.

Researchers say American motorists are stuck in traffic about five percent more than they were in 2007. They blame that on job growth across the country. They conclude more people with jobs are out on roads to create congestion.

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