From the AP wire Wednesday comes this story about the cost of people sitting in traffic. It says too many cars caused 40 percent of congestion, bad weather 15 percent and construction 10 percent. I wonder what’s responsible for the other 35 percent.
Washington highway delays cost $624 million in ’06
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Transportation Department estimates that delayed traffic on Washington highways in 2006 had an economic cost of $624 million.
A report released Tuesday says 40 percent of the congestion was caused by too many cars on too little road. Bad weather accounted for 15 percent and construction for 10 percent.
The department also reported:
Since 1980, the number of licensed drivers has risen by 76 percent, and miles traveled on state highways increased 110 percent.
In the same period, the lane miles of state highways grew 10 percent.
The state is in the midst of its biggest road-construction boom but struggling to contain costs as the price of materials increases.