The slow crawl of traffic in the city that makes some drivers want to bang their heads against the steering wheel is now backed up with a new study.
Chicago is ranked no. 1 for America’s worst traffic bottleneck, according to new research from the American Highway Users Alliance.
The top 50 list ranked the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) between the Jane Byrne Interchange (I-290) and Edens junction (I-94) as the worst Chicago choke point.
Research puts drivers’ frustration into real numbers with motorists wasting 16.9 million hours on the 12-mile stretch of the bottleneck with an estimated value of $418 million in 2014, according to the study.
Not only is time wasted, but gas too. More than 6 million gallons of gas just burned while drivers waited or crawled in the traffic on I-90.
The bottleneck pain is not just limited to that area.
The Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90) between the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) and West Pershing Road finished in the top half of the list with a 23rd ranking.
The Edens Expressway (I-94) between the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) interchange and North Elston Avenue ranked 46th.