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Austin Intersections Among Worst In US

ih 35Yesterday, I spent almost all day up at the legislature with plaintiff’s attorneys from around the state for a hearing on an important piece of personal injury litigation. We were sitting and talking, and one of the attorneys from out of town asked me if there are any particular intersections in town that are notoriously bad. I responded that IH 35, in general, was bad, but that I didn’t think any intersection was worse than any other.

I was probably wrong. This morning, I found a link to Forbes 2009 list of America’s Worst Intersections. The list is dominated by road in LA and New York City (and Chicago), but downtown Austin plays a prominent role. Coming in at number 71 on the list is the IH 35/Riverside Drive exit. At 74 is the IH 35/MLK (exit 235), and at 87 is the same stretch of road with exit 235A. Finally, at 92 is the IH 35/12th-15th street exit. Incidentally, there is only one other section of Texas roadway on the list with a part of Loop 820 in the DFW Metroplex showing up at 93.

Now, the list is only for bottlenecks, but I have to think that the increased traffic has a relation to wrecks in the area.

It sure makes me glad that I use MoPac as my North-South roadway most of the time.

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