Hey, you, Mr. Commuter in the beige Camry — did you know that during rush hour, traffic gets kinda slow at Dead Man's Curve? Or at the I-71 South/I-480 split? No, you didn't? Well, now you know, thanks to a study from NOACA (Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency).
What does that group do and why are they spending money monitoring Cleveland traffic? Good question. The PD answers:
NOACA is a five-county group that sets priorities for spending millions of federal transportation dollars. The agency's Freeway Travel Time Study pinpoints congestion hotspots to help with highway planning, said Mona Aziz, the study's author and a senior transportation engineer at NOACA.
What they found in this year's report is what you already know if you drive any of the major highways in Cleveland, and the causes are what you can deduce simply by looking at how the highways are constructed: when four lanes go down to two, that is a spot that tends to get backed up. A nifty detail: some of the spots performed worse in 2010 than they did in 2006, meaning we have fixed nothing.
Anyway, in case you were curious, the ten most congested areas are plotted in a handy graphic from the PD, which you can find after the jump, with the average speed at those locations during rush hour.
(It's a tad blurry because the graphic was small, but it's legible.)