Commute times slow even more in Seattle in 2013

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 5:39 PM

A rebound in the local economy brought traffic congestion with it in 2013. An increase in hiring means more people are hitting the roads to commute.

Overall, traffic in June 2013 in Seattle was 22 percent worse than a year ago, according to INRIX. Nationally, Seattle ranks eighth for most congested cities in the U.S., actually down one spot from last year.

Through the first six months of 2013, the average Seattle driver spent nearly 18 hours sitting in traffic. That's an increase from the 16 hours wasted in the first half of 2012.

A nine-mile stretch of southbound Interstate 5 between Northeast 145th Street and Union Street is the most congested section of freeway in the state. During the afternoon commute, drivers have spent 39 minutes on average traveling this route, up from 25 minutes in 2012.

Travel times have also gone up on southbound Interstate 405 between State Route 520 and Coal Creek Parkway, and southbound State Route 167 between 277th Street and 8th Street. On I-405, travel times have increased six minutes, while SR 167 has gone up three minutes.

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