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3 Miami spots in top 50 of worst traffic backups in U.S.

Areas along Palmetto Expressway, Dolphin Expressway rank among the worst

MIAMI – A new study is validating the belief of many Miami drivers that they have one of the worst commutes in the country.

The American Highway Users Alliance ranked three areas along South Florida highways in the top 50 bottlenecks in the United States.

The study found the areas account for 40 percent of all road delays in the country and examined the annual total delay in hours, the annual lost value of time, and the annual fuel wasted.

The Palmetto Expressway between Northwest 41st Street and the Dolphin Expressway was the most congested area in South Florida to make the list. Ranked 20th, the study found backups on the stretch of road add up to 1,400,000 hours in delays, $30 million in lost time, and 647,400 gallons of wasted fuel annually.

The other two spots to make the list were the Dolphin Expressway between Northwest 72nd Avenue and the Palmetto Expressway, ranked 32nd, and the Dolphin Expressway between Northwest 17th and 22nd avenues. 

Only one other area in Florida (Interstate 4 between North 22nd Street and North Nebraska Avenue near Tampa) made the list.

The top 10 included an area near downtown Chicago, six spots near Los Angeles, two in the New York metropolitan area and an intersection in Austin, Texas. To see a complete list and read the study, click here

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