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GPS data puts two N.C. commutes in worst 50

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Two of the worst commutes in the U.S. are in North Carolina according to GPS data.

Analyzing data compiled from smart phones and GPS devices from four million vehicles, the Daily Beast ranked the 50 most tormenting commutes in the country.

The 5.3 mile corridor of Charlotte's I-485 eastbound between Tryon Street/Exit 1 and NC-51/Exit 64 slotted in at No. 31 taking 2.14 minutes per mile at its worst.

The Triangle did not escape scrutiny getting the dubious honor of the 47th most aggravating section of asphalt. Credit the 6.9 mile ribbon of I-40 eastbound between Airport Blvd./Exit 284 and NC-54/Exit 290 where a mile crept by in 1.66 minutes.

On the way home, take deep breaths and listen to something peaceful.


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Leftover from equal distribution

This is a result of the "equal distribution" policy that the state had with highway funds, where counties shared the fund equally. That's why you find beautiful four-lane highways in the most rural of counties, while Wake and Mecklenburg highway building has languished in the wake of population increases. The policy was a de-facto welfare system for poorer counties. The policy was finally changed just a few years ago, and it's going to take a very long time for things to catch up. 

It would be interesting to see how the times matched up with populations. When I moved here 15 years ago I noted that it seemed to me that the traffic here was the worst per capita of any place I had ever lived. 

Can we stop this

Goodness, how many of these "best" and "worst" poles need to come out each day!!  Its really had to believe any of them at all.

Thank Mayors Fetzer and Coble!

The "leadership" of the Republican mayors siphoned money that should have widened that stretch of 40 years ago into 540's budget.  Of coure North Raleigh still complains when they don't get their 'fair share' -- 90%+ of the city's resources.

Three lanes to two does that...

In Charlotte's case, it is worse because they allowed Ballentyne to be built just off the older, four lane section of 485 with no plans to widen it.  And there is a lot of building in South Carolina due south of the area as well, adding even more traffic.  Charlotte borrowed against the future to finish the top part of 485, so the problem isn't going away any time soon, either.  Or they can try tolls, but  who are we kidding?  They'll just push for "Govenor McCrory" and take the rest of the state's DOT dollars and spend them in the Charlotte Metro area in the name of being 'fair'.

40 east will be fixed soonish.  For whatever reason, money went everywhere but the worst bottleneck in the Triangle until the "non-job creating, non-problem solving" stimulus money created jobs and fixed the problem.

The two problems are symbolic of the cities and their politics. Charlotte's fail to plan created their plan to fail, blaming everyone else in the process.  Raleigh fixes its problems and "real Americans" complain about not being able to drive their monster truck all over recently paved cow pastures a little quicker.




If they would hurry up and finish that extra lane at the wade ave split it wouldnt be a problem.  What idiot ever thought you could get by with only 2 lanes for a portion of 40 through the second bigest city in NC?  That stretch is the bane of my existence. 

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matthewmugMatthew Fortner has been at The News & Observer since 2002. He has a passion for gadgets, cutting-edge technology and all things geek.