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INRIX data shows George Washington Bridge congestion increased during controversial I-95 lane closures

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KIRKLAND – Jan. 9, 2014 – INRIX, a leading provider of traffic data, analyzed the data surrounding the controversial George Washington Bridge closure in New Jersey the week of Sept. 9. The data shows congestion on northbound Interstate 95 south of the bridge more than doubled during the morning commute when two of the three lanes were closed.

INRIX reviewed the following data:
• Travel times between I-80/Exit 60 and US9/US1/US46/ Exit 72, a distance of 4.06 miles and compared Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 for a 24 hour period.
• Travel times on US 46 between I-95 and I-95 across Palisades Park, a distance of 3.1 miles and compared Sept. 9 and Sept. 16.
INRIX data shows:
• Travel times on Sept. 9 increased significantly from typical travel times at 7:45 a.m. and remained unusually heavy until 10:30 a.m.
• During that time, the worst peak travel time occurred at 9 a.m. when it took 16 minutes to travel that route compared to 6 minutes on Sept. 16, a typical day.
• Speeds at 9 a.m. dropped to a low of 26 mph compared to typical 50 miles per hour.
• On US 46, the trends were similar but the mornings became busier earlier, at 7:15 a.m., and cleared up earlier, at 9:30 a.m. The data shows travel times took about 15 percent longer, 6 minutes and 45 seconds at the worst peak period of 8 a.m. compared to a typical 5 minutes and 10 seconds.

INRIX also reviewed the speed map which tracked speeds in that section of road every five minutes. The trend map is consistent with the data with dark red representing speeds of less than 10 miles per hour, lighter red representing speeds of less than 20 miles per hour, orange representing speeds of less than 30 miles per hour, yellow representing speeds of less than 40 miles per hour and green is more than 50 miles per hour.

The nearby I-95 Cross-Bronx expressway is the most congested corridor in the country. The morning southbound commute is considered the worst of the worst.

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