Seriously friends, did we really need a study to confirm that Chicago’s very own interchange takes the top spot for most clogged bottleneck?! Any daily commuter could have told you that. Despite the fact that traffic is excruciatingly annoying, it is just ONE of many issues resulting from Chicago’s traffic problem. According to the study by American Highway Users Alliance:
In the top-ranked Chicago chokepoint, on the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) between the Circle Interchange (I-290) and Edens junction (I-94), the bottleneck was found to extend 12 miles, costing motorists 16.9 million hours’ worth of time, equivalent to $418 million in 2014. More than 6.3 million gallons of fuel is wasted on I-90 while cars idle or crawl in traffic. By just fixing America’s worst bottleneck, an annual reduction of 133 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions would also be likely, the study found.