November 27, 2014 10:31 am -

Gridlock USA[su_r_sky_ad]DC-based political paper The Hill is one of our favorite reads: 99% congressional wonky goodness and 1% government-related fun facts like this (hint: despite its depiction in movies and TV, Los Angeles does not have a monopoly on roadway gridlock by a long shot).

Millions of people traveling for Thanksgiving will face daunting traffic problems that critics say have been magnified by Washington’s inability to move a long-term bill to pay for new highway projects.

With a nor’easter bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard this Thanksgiving, it’s expected to be an especially brutal few days on the road.

Congress hasn’t approved a long-term highway bill since 2005, and it’s become much more difficult to move legislation since then because of a variety of reasons, including the end of earmarks that directed money toward specific lawmaker-backed projects and a financial crisis and recession that made it tougher to move big-budget bills.
Business groups, labor unions and other players have pressed Congress since then to focus on infrastructure, but to little avail. … Here are five of the worst stretches in the country. Be thankful if you’re not driving their this weekend. If you are, be thankful if you didn’t get stuck.

We’re not going to give away their choices, but we were surprised by a couple of them![su_center_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

6 responses to Gridlock Nation: America’s Five Worst Highways

  1. Maxx44 November 27th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    It’s obvious that the folks who made up this list have never been near Atlanta.

  2. mea_mark November 27th, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Maybe if more of you northern democrats would move south away from the congestion we could turn some more states blue and get back to fixing the country. I know I could sure use some help down here in Texas.

    • Suzanne McFly November 27th, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      I can’t do the heat, sorry 🙂

  3. Larry Schmitt November 27th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Reading some of the comments on that Hill article gave me a headache. Almost no one was talking about traffic, it degenerated into liberals vs republicans name calling. What a waste of time on Thanksgiving.

  4. Dwendt44 November 28th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Those that complain about congestion can always move back into the city and take public transportation.

  5. fancypants November 29th, 2014 at 1:02 am

    4. Interstate 678 in New York
    I agree with all 5 except I would replace the 678 ( above ) with the i80 e/b over the gw bridge